Monday, June 14, 2010

West Roxbury merchants want meters

According to Universal Hub, Boston City Councilor John Tobin wants the city to investigate installing parking meters in West Roxbury along Centre Street.

Tobin said he's hearing from a growing number of merchants who want meters as a way of increasing turnover in spaces.

I'm not familiar enough with West Roxbury to comment on the particulars, but it's entirely consistent with modern parking theories that the request for meters would be merchant-driven. With the right rates, parking meters can help generate turnover, which helps merchants.

Relatedly, Boston is considering raising parking fees for violations in Zone B: Dorchester, Roxbury, East Boston, South Boston, the Fenway, Mattapan, Roslindale, and Hyde Park. The city recognizes that illegal parking, even with a ticket, is cheaper than alternatives.

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