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Dear Editor:

As a long-term resident of the Centro, I am delighted to read that some form of traffic control is pending. I am sure that we all congratulate President Ricardo Villarreal for taking action. However, I have a question to ask—Why parking METERS?

In light of recent developments elsewhere, this is a step backwards. There are three arguments against meters.

1) Meters are ugly, unsightly, and not suitable for a beautiful World Heritage Site.

2) They will intrude on our pavements which are already very narrow. Think of rows of meters on Reloj, Hidalgo, Recreo, Correo, and Hernandez Macias!

3) They are very easy to sabotage. Just bend a coin and jam it or a stick from a lollipop into the slot. Thus maintenance costs are very high.

Meters have been banned from the centers of such beautiful Italian towns as Spoleto, Pienza, Sienna, and Florence in Italy and the historic city of York in England. In these World Heritage sites, unsightly meters are banished to the outer limits of the city.

This is not an argument against paid parking, just against meters.

The same effect and revenue can be obtained by placing wall mounted parking ticket machines. In addition to ensuring a smaller initial investment, they require much less maintenance. Unobtrusively wall mounted, each covers approximately 16 parking spaces,

The driver still parks in a marked vacant space and then walks to the kiosk, pays for his time, and returning to the vehicle, displays the ticket prominently on the dash board. Those overstaying their time can still be fined or otherwise penalized.

It is hoped that this plea is not too late to amend the existing outline plan.


John Herron


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