Urbification: Taking the sub out of Calif. suburbs

Walking. Bicycling. Alternatives to Driving Everywhere. Social justice. Alternatives to suburban boredom and waste. And the infrastructure and technology needed to get there.

Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Last year I created an online petition to charge for parking at BART. After taking heat for hosting it at a place that may or may not reserve the right to send spam to you in the future (no evidence of that yet) I and the rest of the Bay Area saw the BART board eventually, timidly, install a monthly reserved parking system for selected spots. This hasn't been a great success yet. I should have been more specific and clearly said that every spot should have a charge, and that it ought to be first-come, first-serve. While I contemplate launching such a petition, the press meanwhile takes plenty of opportunities to distort the (lack of) acceptance of reserved parking. To wit, this Oakland Tribune headline: "Not all will pay to park at BART." It should have read: "Not all will pay to reserve a monthly parking spot at BART." Big difference.

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