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Market-based rates at heart of plan for paid-street parking in La Crosse

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Simple supply and demand ideas are behind the structure of the paid, on-street parking plan in La Crosse.

City council member Gary Padesky doesn’t believe many have gotten that message about the plan. He is sure, however, many are familiar with the concept — especially if they’ve tried to park around Lambeau Field during a Packers game.

“If you go up by Lambeau, there’s people paying $40-50 to park in a yard across the street,” Padesky said, “and then it works its way down to 30, 20, 10 the further out you get.”

The city’s parking utility has acknowledged the market-based approach in creating a pilot program for parking around the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Western Technical College.

Padesky doesn’t believe many get the idea behind plan, which aims to lower the concentration of parking around the schools.

By pricing for parking using that simple supply-and-demand formula, those who live close to the schools should get some much-needed relief.

“I get it,” Padesky said, “some students, they can’t afford it. Some, they can afford it, but they want to use their discretionary money on other things.”

The one-year pilot program is expected to begin soon though the council could still act on a resolution that would effectively block its implementation.

The plan originally was to charge $1 per hour, which is what the lots and ramps charge on the two college campuses. Payment would be made through a phone app or calling an 800 number.

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  2. Jason

    November 26, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    In Green Bay, the homeowners are getting the parking money. Is La Crosse going to be distributing the money collected to those homeowners around the school? I am guessing not, and this is just a new revenue stream for the La Crosse city council.

  3. Rick Hamilton

    November 26, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    It’s the wrong approach

  4. Robert smith

    December 10, 2018 at 5:10 am

    The placards are another issue as well because everytime an older home owner forgets to put placard in window (as older folks can get forgetful) you can then be ticketed for that as well.Then if you call to complain about ticket it may give the ticket giver incentive to look at your vehicle even more especially if you are a grouchy old fart like me.Mr.Padesky even admitted as much when he ran for mayor (I wish he or similar life long community invested resident woulda won) by stating that folks should be able to voice complaints without having to worry about retaliation.This parking policy also discrimates against the working class folk who dont have the nice driveway and machine operated door openers with security cameras on garages for safety at night like the well heeled muckity mucks who can have mountains moved in city hall w a phone call from that white shoe lawyer they keep on retainer .

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