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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.
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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