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Wednesday - September 12, 2018 9:48 am

Pay to park on La Crosse streets an unnecessary idea

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Finding a spot to park near La Crosse's college campuses can be a struggle. But a plan to deal with that congestion is raising some eyebrows. The city's Board of Public Works is being asked to approve a new pay to park program for streets near UW-La Crosse and Western Technical College. Right now, anyone can park on those streets for free. But finding a spot can be tricky, especially for people who live there, with coveted parking spots often gobbled up by students heading to class. The plan under consideration would charge those students one dollar per hour to park on the street. Residents living in those neighborhoods would be able to continue to park for free. The thought is students wouldn't want to pay to park on the street, so they would instead park in nearby parking ramps, which are typically under-utilized. This seems rather discriminatory, given that these are public streets. Can we really charge some people to park on the street, while allowing others to continue to park there for free? The city already has a program allowing La Crosse residents to obtain parking permits allowing them to ignore the two-hour parking signs on their block without risk of getting a ticket. What would this new program accomplish that the current system does not? The answer is to raise money. And how long will it be before everyone, not just students, have to pay to park on city streets, even in front of their own homes?

Scott Robert Shaw

Scott Robert Shaw is the Program Director for both 1410 WIZM and 580 WKTY.   He's currently the morning news anchor on 1410 WIZM, Z93 and 95-7 The Rock.  He joined Mid-West Family Broadcasting as a reporter/anchor in 1989 and served as News Director from 1990-2015.   He's been the winner of several Wisconsin Broadcaster's Association awards for Best Editorial in Wisconsin.  He enjoys traveling, bicycling and cooking.

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