After today's column was published, a valet operator called to "remind" me the city also has a 20 percent tax on parking fees. TWENTY PERCENT.
I hadn't forgotten, but it fell outside the scope of the column.
I also could have mentioned the near-destruction of all free parking around the city, in neighborhoods. The ones I am familiar with now all have two-hour parking limits, making it almost impossible to park (if you can find a space), walk to a restaurant, eat, walk back to your car, in less than two hours. That's not "dining," it's fast food.
The city claims the two-hour limit frees up spaces. My opinion is that it does not, it's merely a revenue-generator and agita-producer for the "prosperous" citizens who manage to afford a car.