feeding the meters
Keep in mind a couple things.. the sale of parking garages downtown should be a very distinct debate from any discussion of whether it makes sense to sell individual parking meters across the city. Also note the Chicago story is interesting in a meta-news kind of way. It is from the NYTimes but says the story was sourced from a 'nonprofit news cooperative'. What does that mean?
Just for historical sake I will post again a link to this undergraduate thesis from a half century ago. Nominally it's about the early history of the ACCD, but just take note how much of it is devoted to parking issues and development. See: The Allegheny Conference for Community Development for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (warning, large file) by John David Weidlein. May 1950. Joe A. and I have in the past both posted links to parts of a complementary film from just a few years after that:: Freedom of the American Road. that has some focus on Pittsburgh and it's Downtown parking issues.