The GUARDIAN would never put forth a conspiracy theory about charging for on street parking to garner support for a trolley or to force motorists to use parking garages, especially when the parking people at City Hall say the intent is to merely create “turnover” between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Its all part of a new idea being studied to enforce parking meters in the downtown area until 8 p.m. If you can’t figure out the little boxes at the private lots or you don’t have the proper “advance payment” cash, you you can figure on a private “ticket” or in extreme cases, the dreaded wheel boot.
To make evening payments easier, the city is planning to purchase 200 credit card or cash meters a year for $800 each. We are waiting for someone to challenge the parking enforcement on 8th Street between Bannock and Main. That is a stretch officially “vacated” by the Ada County Highway District, owned by the CCDC (Capital City Development Corp.) which is not part of Boise City. The City tries to bluff motorists, claiming the private street parking is enforced under a contract. We doubt a judge would find anyone in violation of a parking ordinance on private property.
We contend it is improper to enforce private parking under a city parking ordinance. Anyone up for a legal challenge?
Of course, if you just want to have a relaxing meal, not worry about parking tickets and a high concentration of booze joints you can always try the places on Vista, Overland, Orchard, State, and Fairview. They have free parking.
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