Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Parking Privileges For The Few
A VIP parking program for the elite insiders? Who would have thought? It's not enough that billionaire Herb Simon's Pacer team gets hundreds of millions in public subsidies; he needs free parking privileges while visiting downtown as well. Think about that the next time you get stuck paying a $20 fine for going 5 minutes over the meter you earlier fed $3 for 2 hours of parking on a city street. It's nice to hear that Public Safety Director Scott Newman has announced the VIP parking permits handed out to political insiders and other elites is being revoked, but you have to wonder if that action would have happened had reporters for the Indianapolis Star not been digging around for as much information about the program as possible. You know how this one is going to turn out. As soon as noone is looking, the privileged few will get back their free parking privileges. You can count on it.