This spring, the city plans to roll out a system called SFPark, whereby
parking prices will go up or down depending upon parking demand at a
given time of day. The idea is to use pricing to open up more spaces, making it more convenient for people who need to park on
Part of SFPark's convenience includes letting
people park for extended periods by paying with a credit card.
Theoretically this means vandals could be rewarded with an all-day
parking pass. The board, however, is considering limiting it to just two hours free parking
Critics have complained that this policy still leaves in place an incentive for people to destroy city property, and that it would be better to prohibit parking in front of broken meters. They're right, obviously. L.A., Seattle, Denver, Vancouver and Houston prohibit parking at broken meters, so as not to incentivize vandalism. This is unfeasible here, however, given the limitless power of San Francisco's motorist lobby.
Streetsblog quoted MTA boss Nat Ford saying, "the two-hour free parking limit at vandalized SFPark meters will be set "somewhere in the middle" of other cities."
Next -- we can only hope -- will come rules saying we can steal jewelry for only two hours after breaking a Union Square store window, or mug tourists for only 120 minutes if we slash the tires of a Fisherman's Wharf cop.
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