Eliminate city council's free parking spaces

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In the same vein as the April 22 editorial about the city giving free parking to some businesses that temporarily take metered spaces out of service ("Double-Parked: A Dual Standard Cheats the Public on Meter Revenue"), Pittsburgh City Council candidate Sam Hens-Greco has proposed eliminating free parking for another privileged group: Pittsburgh City Council.

Mr. Hens-Greco says he can raise $360,000 for the city by eliminating approximately 30 reserved parking spaces for city officials along Fourth Avenue between Grant Street and Ross Street and replacing those spaces with metered parking and additional accessibility spots.

That amount of revenue represents about a quarter of city council's 2013 budget. It also compares favorably with the $143,000 that the Pirates annually owe the city for lost parking, as well as the $432,000 that construction company PJ Dick has failed to pay for spaces that it blocks while building PNC's latest skyscraper.

CHRIS ZURAWSKY
Squirrel Hill


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