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Higher fees, less parking?

Starting Friday, consumers in the District will shell out more for disposable shopping bags, and in a few weeks, they'll pay more to park on the city's streets -- all part of a year-long trend around the Washington region to generate fees to help close budget gaps and pay for programs. Read the full article

By Jodi Westrick  |  December 30, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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D.C. has offered me so MANY reasons over the years to avoid going there, one more isn't necessarily the straw. I've scaled WAY BACK on jaunts to the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian, meet friends at restaurants, sporting events, etc. Last year, we only traveled through D.C. on the ways to relatives and friends --- no stops at all.

I don't really know what the impact of the increase in parking fees will be. My sense is that it is just one more cost to be passed on to clients.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | December 30, 2009 2:03 PM

Darn, no more free parking for me--I teach downtown on Saturdays, so I'll be riding my bike when it's about 50 degrees. I'll try Metro but I'm impatient and hate to wait on buses and trains. I'll bring my own bags when I shop-- it's not that dramatic to me. I'll drive and be prepared to use the meters or to park just outside of the downtown area and walk. I do think it will drive business away from the businesses downtown so it's too bad for them. The people putting DC down really should go elsewhere if they are so unhappy (and the people commenting who make decent salaries and spend money on almost anything and much more than they need can afford five cents)! Count your blessings in the new year.

Posted by: shejoy | December 30, 2009 3:52 PM

Our Nation's capital is a special place - cosmopolitan, expensive, and elegant. So we have to bust for another 50¢ to park. So what? The naysayers are too cheap - making sure DC cannot tax Virginia and Maryland residents. DC has to get its money from somewhere...and from the Fed is not the answer! I snigger at all these whiners that will go to extremes by biking to save 50¢... and then spend $4.00 for a Starbucks coffee!

Posted by: MoonDoggie | December 30, 2009 4:14 PM

I, like Curmudgeon10, have significantly scaled back my forays into the District. I go to restaurants in Northern Virginia and Maryland and pass thru the District ONLY when necessary. Between all the increased fees and the roving speed camera cars, I find it to be a bit much. Perhaps if the current and past mayoral administrations paid more attention to the city's financial affairs, there wouldn't be financial losses such as those in the $50 million dollar real estate scam.

BTW, Moondoggie, the parking meters are increasing to $2.00 per hour from $.75 p.h. According to my elementary math, that's a $1.25 increase (per hour), NOT $.50.

Posted by: schooletal | January 2, 2010 7:28 PM

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