Regarding the April 22 editorial "Double-Parked": According to the PG, when the Steelers, Penguins and Pirates and some others have activities that temporarily shut down curbside meters, most don't reimburse the city of Pittsburgh for lost revenue. Not all organizations get this privilege, but the editorial did not mention that city officials permanently park free in the 30 spaces between Grant and Ross streets on Fourth Avenue. If these spaces were metered, citizens would have convenient short-term parking for business in the City-County Building.
City Council District 8 candidate Sam Hens-Greco did the math:
There are about 15 spaces on each side of Fourth Avenue between Grant Street and Ross Street for a total of about 30 spaces. As prime parking spaces, offering immediate access to the City-County Building and other government offices, a rate of $5 an hour would not be unreasonable.
If the 30 parking spaces were available from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., there would be 10 hours of rental time per day. Estimating 240 working days in the year, the city would have the potential to generate $360,000 in new revenues.
I think it is time for city officials to add meters to these spaces to help generate revenue for the city.