Random snow post
Anyway.... the PG has a series of photo on the status of snow around local hospitals and this is part of one of those photos:
So I just want to know a couple things. Who put money into this meter? Could there possibly be an available slot next to it? Did someone not get the memo that it's free parking all week now that the Pittsburgh parking authority has laid off its meter enforcers for the duration. Methinks the photographer was framing the photo. I think it would have been better with the 'expired' in there.
There are a slew of honest to goodness serious questions in all of this. Parking meter leases anyone? Folks realize the Pittsburgh Parking Authority has taken over the parking meter ticketing operations in the city. I wonder how all this will work once the meters have been privatized. Think the yet to be named meter operator will let off their enforcers under any circumstance? If the city plows snow into a meter parking spot, will they send the city a bill for impinging on their income generating asset? For our legal beagle friends: would that constitute a taking?
Actually I have been meaning to check what happens in Chicago or wherever meters have been privatized. If you get a ticket and want to dispute it, do you still get to appeal a ticket to a judge of some form or another. I sense a principal-agent problem somewhere in all of that.
I just kind of wonder if all of these issues are somehow being priced into whatever bids someone will be making if all this goes through.