Monday, July 23, 2007

Dear Chicagoans, please stop complaining about parking costs

I could not believe this story in the Sun-Times today about people complaining about paying $9.00 to park for the day at a surface lot at Clinton and Kinzie. (Full disclosure: I often park my SUV there when I go to my Chicago office, so I know the lot well. The usual attendant is a great guy.)

Those rates are only going to go up as more parking spaces are taken up by development. Try parking in New York, or downtown LA or Century City. And don't even go to SF. If it gets to be too much, then don't drive downtown.

By the way, there's still some comparatively cheap parking in downtown Chicago. And other than Clinton and Kinzie, no, I'm not going to tell you where it is. It took me long enough to find some of these places and there's enough competition for the spaces as it is.