Tuesday, March 22, 2005


It means no parking, not no peeing.Were you aware that there are people out there whose "jobs" allow them the liberty to spend copious amounts of time pursuing personal interests, and that they have nothing better to do with this abundant spare time than write an entire book about the terrible evils of free parking? I wish it weren't true, but it is. Donald Shoup is just such a person, and his book, The High Cost of Free Parking, will no doubt be hungrily snatched up by thousands of self-guiltifying liberals with $60 burning a hole in their pockets.

According to today's paper, the argument put forth in this value-priced masterpiece is that "free parking not only isn't free, it's darned expensive and it's ruining the nation's cities." Upon reading such a statement, much like Sound Politics contributor Matt Rosenberg, Skor finds himself wondering just what reality Mr. Shoup finds himself living in. Last I checked, there's no such thing as free parking in the city of Seattle. If you want to park downtown, you fork over cash (or credit, as the case may be) for the privilege.

As a crazy off-topic side note, Skor also sees an interesting parallel in Mr. Shoup's arguments. Consider the statement that free parking "encourages people to drive wherever they go because they know they can park free when they get there." Mr. Shoup believes that if people had to pay a hefty fee more often to park their car, then they would be more likely to consider alternatives to driving. An interesting argument. Let's play "word replacement" and see if we can come up with another argument that liberals like Mr. Shoup are likely to agree with: "Legal and readily available abortions encourage people to have irresponsible sex because they know they can abort the baby when they get pregnant." If people had to actually carry a pregnancy and give birth to the new life, then they would be more likely to consider being responsible with sex. Hmm... Interesting.

Getting back to the actual parking issue, not only does Skor find Mr. Shoup's observations to be somewhat dubious, but also his proposed solution. From the article: "If all U.S. parking spaces were combined into one surface lot, it would cover a land area the size of Connecticut." Now that just doesn't make any sense at all. If Skor had to park in Connecticut, he would have a very long walk to work.

Source: Seattle P-I via Sound Politics
Categories: News, Culture, Politics


Blogger dufflehead said...

actually the sign means to hold your water until you get home

no pee

10:12 PM, March 23, 2005  
Anonymous Soini said...

I think I'll build a time machine, go into the future and bring back a personal teleportation device for Mr. Shoup. That way he won't have to park his evil car in an evil parking space when he travels.

10:04 AM, March 25, 2005  

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