The Seattle Times posted a recap of the Mayor’s proposed parking rate increases. There are a lot of implications for Belltown area residents and businesses.
Excerpts From the Seattle Times – Mike Lindblom
- Sundays would no longer be free for parking in Belltown, downtown, Pioneer Square and the Chinatown International District, but would remain free in other areas.
- Meter fees rise to $4 an hour – NYC’s is $2.50, SF is $3.50, and Portland is $1.60
- No longer could sports fans stake out a curbside spot for a Sunday ballgame, for more than the 2-hour meter limit.
- Certain neighborhoods would have metered parking until 8PM
McGinn has said higher prices for street parking would free up parking slots more often, so drivers would circle the block less, reducing congestion and emissions.
Craig Benjamin, local Sierra Club conservation program coordinator, praised the proposal. The mayor’s plan taxes behavior that contributes to global warming and toxic runoff, Benjamin said, while subsidizing clean transportation modes.