For Shame, San Francisco
In 1998 I wrote of my unhappiness with Santa Cruz, and it’s policy of aggressively ticketing tourists. I suggested that visitors eschew SC and take their monies elsewhere.
Well, sad to say, now I must make the same recommendation with regards to several of our fair cities neighborhoods, those which have upgraded parking meters which eviscerate visitors to the tune of twenty-five cents per ten minutes. I’ve never seen a meter chew through spare change faster.
I encountered this ugly phenomenon twice in as many weeks, today at the north end of Columbus Street, nearest Fisherman’s Wharf / Ghirardelli Square.
I’m ashamed to be a citizen of a city which has fallen so far to use meter maids as a major force for balancing the budget. Run, don’t walk, to cheaper neighborhoods. It seems as though neighborhoods become too expensive or have far too few parking places (think Clement Street and the Haight-Ashbury).
We’re not doing a good job of making our city a pleasant place for inhabitants and visitors. Until the Mayor and Supervisors do better, spend your money wisely.