The simple creation of a city council "downtown parking working group" is a guarantee that the perception of a parking problem downtown is going to be manufactured and promoted as an excuse for the central planning afficionados of city staff. After Coun. Bill Armstrong publicly stumped for more price-fixing regulation last week, the working group obligingly dramatized the feeble complaint that, despite an "adequate" number of spaces downtown, the lack of "prime" spaces
Fodder in the exercised language of the marketplace to which it is vocationally unaccustomed, the committee promptly overlooks the regulatory obstacles of pricing, heritage laws, and politically-motivated obstructions to development application permits that already exist to depress the supply of parking downtown and recommends instead entrenching a permanent and expensive dependency on municipal intervention.
mak[es] it difficult for landlords to lease office space and attract new employers.
From the London Free Press:
My personal favourite is the "option" for staff
City council's downtown parking working group says the city should put aside $2.5 million a year for a parking facility.
The expansion of an already major competitor with its own proprietary legal means to protect its revenues is quite sure not to stimulate competition in the marketplace, but will certainly maintain the market for self-serving bureaucrats at city hall.
to examine several other issues, including whether to increase the number of city-owned lots.