Letter: A novel idea
October 10, 2014
The parking-meter controversy gives the city of Aspen an excellent opportunity to review the city's parking policies. I suggest that any person who works within the city of Aspen and demonstrates financial hardship should be given a parking pass, waiving all fees. If the city can give away an easement under Durant Avenue to a real estate developer, it should be able to make certain concessions to hardworking employees if the city decided to prosecute those who did not pay parking fees. It also should look at prosecuting as co-conspirators any staff member or City Council member who knew about the problem and did nothing.
It makes a lot more sense for the city to acknowledge that it implicitly maintained a policy of allowing certain debit-card holders to obtain the benefit of free parking. Now is the time to extend that benefit in a transparent fashion to those who need it.
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