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Notes On The Great Parking Debate of Summer 2010
September 5, 2010, 1:10 pm
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Historians will surely record the summer of 2010 Blogging as the Parking-Space Era. This was the era when the Blogosphere, that great democratizing force, that great flattener that gives everyone a voice in a land of pure dialogue and debate on the Issues of the day, spontaneously diverted the bulk of its energy to discussing the timeless, important question of whether the government should stop requiring businesses/buildings to include a certain minimal number of parking spaces in their plans.

And what a fiery, weighty debate it has been! On the “yes” side we have folks like Yglesias and Cowen. On the “no” side we have folks like Kling and a Cato dude.

I’m here to report that the correct answer is “yes”. But I’m also here to report that WHO GIVES A FLYING F**K. What is wrong with these people?

Here is your classic upper-middle-class concern in a nutshell. Let me just encapsulate what motivates the Matthew Yglesiaseses of the world to care about parking requirements: “When I get Persian in downtown DC with my friends, which I do like every weekend, I want it to be 3% cheaper. If that Persian restaurant didn’t have to provide parking spaces, it could be. Or if we drive to, like, Bethesda for Pad Thai, I want less other cars on the road cuz that makes it take 7 minutes longer for us. If there weren’t free parking, more people in Bethesda would walk downtown, making it easier on people like me.” That is the sole driver of the “too much free parking” side of this debate. They are basically people who have social lives involving going to a lot of chi-chi downtown areas, for culture restaurants, and because of this they’ve devoted their massive intellects to thinking through how to make such a lifestyle more convenient – for them.

They are right, of course. But WHO THE F**K REALLY CARES. This ain’t exactly a civil-rights issue.

Remember when the left cared about Important Things? Like The Iraq War and The Recession? Have Important Things all been solved by President Obama? It would appear so.

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Have Important Things all been solved by President Obama?

Yes, yes they have. Because the most Important Thing of all to liberals is showing how superior they are to the hoi polloi. But now that it’s Obama’s war and Obama’s economy those things are no longer Important, since doing something about them would require something more than preening and fake moral outrage.

Somebody once said that liberalism is a philosophy specifically designed to make sure that no one will ever again live as well as liberals do now. I think that pretty much sums it up.

Comment by Bullfrog

Hmm. This debate has passed me by. That’s what I get for not reading Important Blogs by people like Matthew Yglesias.

Comment by Andrea Harris

>Matthew Yglesiaseses …

How many bloggers with his degree of talent and a screenwriter of a father actually exist? Mind you, I thought Fearless was pretty fabulous. What would its protagonist have made of the parking debate? Pity his father doesn’t blog.

Comment by Anon

Fearless was awesome.

Comment by Sonic Charmer

Absolutely,

Of course, he isn’t quite fearless in that he keeps having to exert himself from slipping back… But wonderful and fascinating.
What do you make of the mystical parts? (the flashing lights, the name on the tag, the white light)

Comment by Anon

Ok you called my bluff. I actually don’t remember Fearless that much.

Comment by Sonic Charmer

It’s quite depressing to think that you bluffed.. And just as dispiriting to think you caved in and admitted it so easily. Unless, you weren’t bluffing before, but are now (which is kind of depressing).

Comment by Anon

Maybe instead what I’m doing is I’m being “sarcastic” now. Or “ironic”. One of those. I hear they’re very big with the kids these days.

Seriously, all I remember from Fearless is something about strawberries and a sack of flour.

Comment by Sonic Charmer

What do you remember from Three Colors White?

This should be interesting…

Comment by dimensionsintaste

Hot blonde French chick got stuck inside a suitcase. Something like that. Pretty sure there was a hot blonde French chick and a suitcase, anyway.

Also: crying.

Comment by Sonic Charmer

Oops.

Comment by dimensionsintaste

[…] Should there be minimum parking requirements at all? Sonic Charmer is persuaded that the answer is &… (Actually, he was a little more emphatic than that.) SC’s objections to the concept apparently are purely philosophical, unlike the ones one might attribute to urban hipster types: Here is your classic upper-middle-class concern in a nutshell. Let me just encapsulate what motivates the Matthew Yglesiaseses of the world to care about parking requirements: “When I get Persian in downtown DC with my friends, which I do like every weekend, I want it to be 3% cheaper. If that Persian restaurant didn’t have to provide parking spaces, it could be. Or if we drive to, like, Bethesda for Pad Thai, I want less other cars on the road cuz that makes it take 7 minutes longer for us. If there weren’t free parking, more people in Bethesda would walk downtown, making it easier on people like me.” […]

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