Philadelphia’s parking permit fees will still be scandalously low even with the proposed hike (so low the program doesn’t even pay for itself and requires a subsidy), so I was gonna do a post for Next City complaining about this.
It was going to be sweet – I was going to update my chart on shrinking car ownership in Philly with the new American Community Survey numbers, to add some context and argue that reduced interest in car ownership calls for much higher permit fees and other pro-pedestrian, pro-car sharing parking policy changes.
But when I headed over to the Census site to grab the new numbers, it was all:
Two points about this:
1. WHAT THE HELL. Wouldn’t it take more work to shut these sites down than to just keep them running as usual?
2. Philly City Council needs to know what’s up before they take this vote. I’m certainly not under the impression that data on car ownership trends, and not raw politics, will be the basis for this decision, but it should be the basis for the decision and at the very least this will matter to livable streets activists. Functional politics requires good information. The derp from Washington is dribbling down to other levels of government and hurting us all!