Squadron Supports Residential Parking Permits

This morning on The Brian Lehrer Show, State Senator Daniel Squadron  spoke about why he wants to bring a residential parking permit system to New York City. Jay Rowell, deputy director of the Chicago City Clerk’s office, and Judson True, spokesperson for the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority, discuss how it works in their cities–and whether it’s a moneymaker.

Read about the plan to bring residential parking permits to New York in the Brooklyn Paper and Second Avenue Sagas.

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  • adam

    so if we had these permits would it mean a resident of Boerum Hill could not park in Cobble Hill and a resident of Caroll Gardens could not park in Brooklyn Heights? Will there an official map with borders of each neighborhood? wouldn’t Brooklyn Heights get the short end of the stick being the most crowded district? Would there be any push to create public off street parking? One of the environmental problems we face is that people need to circle and circle to find parking. A rational neighborhood parking facility would be helpful. I don’t think we can ban cars entirely so rather than making it more expensive and therefore more challenging for those who are not wealthy, can we come up with a humanistic way to deal with the necessity of parking other than trying to tax it or fine it away? I guarantee that a week after this program goes into effect counterfeit stickers will be readily available. This is Brooklyn, people know how to get around ridiculous government rules.

  • Mike

    Another tax. No thanks.

  • David on Middagh

    Permits? Bah. On-street parking is the appropriation of public land for the storage of private property.

    Why is on-street parking free in crowded areas (e.g., much of Brooklyn)? When it is not free, why is it only 1/10 of the retail price charged by garages? We all pay taxes to keep the streets maintained. This poorly-compensated covering of the streets with empty cars is a public subsidy of both rich and poor, which makes no sense. Price the spaces. Price them up, up, up! Let the poorest parkers apply for parking subsidies along with their foodstamps/subsidized housing/etc.

    It burns me up that somehow someone can pay rent to put a roof overhead and store their stuff, pay utilities, make car payments, purchase auto insurance, pay the mechanic, buy gas… and yet balk at paying to store their automobile. My streets are not your garage!

  • Heights Neighbor

    Why bring in yet another permit when there is such abuse already of the current available permits? They can’t regulate the ones currently out in circulation.

  • ABC

    I’m for it for a number of reasons. My top two: i’ve seen it work in London, and it works in DC, Boston, etc. And also because it will make all those people registering their cars in vermont pony up.

  • TK Small

    These have all been interesting comments which suggests that there is not altogether a consensus on this issue yet. For myself, I am very concerned about how this will be implemented throughout the city, when I travel to other neighborhoods. For that reason, I am against residential parking permits. But, I can see that on the street parking is a public resource which the government will eventually try to monetize.