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.