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Eugene Pincham is only partially correct when he takes permit parking in the city to task [May 28]. There should not be any resident-only parking in the city regardless of what the courts or the city council says. I pay the same taxes that go for street upkeep and maintenance as any other resident of Chicago. As such I deserve the same parking privileges in the city as anyone else, regardless of the neighborhood in which I live.
I know many people (most of whom are originally from somewhere else) who live in congested neighborhoods (Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, etc) who feel that due to the high rent that they must pay (especially relative to mine) they are entitled to something special. I agree. They are entitled to convenient access to all the amenities that those neighborhoods offer and others do not. It does not give them special right to access public property. It is tantamount to making the claim that Lincoln Park Zoo is only for residents of Lincoln Park or that the museums are only for the residents of Central Station or Dearborn Park. It’s ridiculous.
The solution to the parking problem in those neighborhoods is simple: pay for a private parking space or cope the best you can. People can also, like I did, move (from Lakeview to Uptown). If one doesn’t take parking into consideration in choosing a place in which to live, one shouldn’t look to government to address one’s own oversight at the expense of other taxpayers.
The most egregious aspect of permit parking is the guest pass. I am a lifelong Chicagoan who walks through these neighborhoods, and I see cars parked in places that I cannot park in with license plates from Indiana, Wisconsin, New York, Florida, etc. They pay no taxes here and they have privileges to park in my city that I don’t have. That is unfair, to say the least.