POOP FROM THE MARE OF VANADA
UPDATE: YOU'RE NOT PARKING BY-LAWS
To my horror, the evil mare and his team went ahead and screwed
up the West End visitor parking situation to the best of their
ability. It is all pay parking now until 10:00 p.m. Scores if not
hundreds of extremely expensive "state of the art" multimedia
parking meters have been installed everywhere. Every one of these
involved digging a very expensive excavation and pouring a concrete
foundation complete with anchor bolts. Also there is new signage up
and down the block announcing "new parking regulations." And, as usual,
there were obviously techincal difficulties getting the credit card
and card swipe system up and running. The "coming soon" labels (how much
were those?) were later replaced with "card swipe coming soon" labels.
Look at how complicated this effing thing is! Press "1" for ESL instructions ...
It makes me sick looking at this. The cost of maintenance on it will
be incredible. It takes 5 types of coins and dispenses change, so there
are going to be new city employees going around collecting any coins that
it gets, and clearing jams, removing gum, etc. It also
dispenses receipts, so its printer will need to be maintained and refilled
with paper. There are more new city jobs. And it's pay by licence number,
so big brother knows where you're parking. I find it rather ironic that
there's a statement on the meter that says: "Your parking charge helps
fund city services." The useless jerks have created another bottomless
hole to throw money into that will never even fund itself.
Empty metered parking on Barclay Street
Empty metered parking on Broughton Street
It gives me joy to announce that, at least in our neighbourhood, this
stupid idea and total waste of money has been a complete failure. The
only result is that the formerly free 2-hour parking spaces are now
empty and deserted for most of the day, per photographs above. The
mare and the cretins who did this will NEVER even get their money out
of it, let along make a profit. No, wait, i'm stupid. The mare don't care.
It's just another way to shovel money into
the hands of commercial interests while taking away more of our privacy
and the rights we previously enjoyed in this city.