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Parking permits a possibility for Schenectady

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With Albany finally getting state permission to regulate parking, the Schenectady City Council may consider a residential parking system, too. Residents around Ellis Hospital have complained for years that workers fill their streets with cars, forcing them to park blocks away from home. Those who live near Union College say visitors park everywhere — even on their lawns — during football games, hockey matches and other popular events. Residents in both areas have asked for ...

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September 2, 2010
2:39 p.m.

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The streets are paid for by all citizens, and not just that live on that street, so everyone should get an even opportunity to park .. first come, first served.

But even better:

Stop the free on-street parking everywhere. Charge anyone and everyone to park on the street.

If the city was not responsible to provide on-street parking, city expenses to maintain the roads, and clear the snow, could be cut 25-33% if all that pavement were eliminated.

It would be easier, thus cheaper to remove snow if there were no on-street parking

Those without cars, but paying property, income, and sales taxes (the primary sources of revenue for street maintenance) would pay less taxes, shifting the burden for parking onto those who actually are using the services.

Opportunities would develop for entrepreneurs to develop off-street parking services, as well as private sector jobs. Grandma, with no car, could enjoy some extra income renting out her driveway. Owners of buildings on poor condition might find it more profitable to demolish the building and operate a parking lot, properly fenced and shielded from view.

It's a win-win for everyone.

January 17, 2013
11:35 a.m.

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it is now the year 2013 I live in the stockade in schenectady not a renter a home owner. There are times I can not find a place to park ...has anything been done about the parking situation ....