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Dave argues that parking here should lead to a ticket, but not a tow.
Dave argues that parking here should lead to a ticket, but not a tow. (Photo: shutterstock.com)

Dave's Downtown parking woes

Downtown.

Everybody who lives in Milwaukee wants people to come Downtown.

One way to do it is to get rid of those damn parking checkers in their little Jeeps with the power to have your car towed.

Thursday night I was downtown for the first night of Bastille Days. It’s a tradition for our family. Same spot. Same foods. Same trip with Papa (that’s me) to get an ice cream cone after dinner.

We got done and I walked west to Broadway and Kilbourn, where I had parked in a no parking zone, along with dozens of other cars.

Much to my surprise, Broadway was empty. My car was gone and so was every other car parked on that street.

So after spending about $50 on cabs I arrived at the Milwaukee tow lot on 38th and Lincoln at 7:30 a.m. Friday morning. I was standing outside. Eleven other people were also there, saying their cars got towed from Bastille Days.

The clerk who took my money said she wouldn’t even bother asking for my title and insurance card because they were going to be swamped with people trying to get their cars back.

I know I parked illegally. Give me a ticket. Make it an expensive ticket. But for God’s sake don’t tow my damn car. Talk about a message that says don’t bother coming down here or you may end up having your car towed.

It was a festival, for God’s sake. Cars were parked all over. Give those checkers instructions to ticket everybody parked illegally. But don’t tow those cars. What you have done is ruined a festival and really pissed people off about Downtown Milwaukee.

Somebody around here needs to have some common sense.

Talkbacks

fetlarpo | July 18, 2013 at 6:35 p.m. (report)

The good news is that with Tom Barrett's trolley another 100 parking spaces in a five block radius will be uprooted for Mr. Begel and the rest of us Bastille fans. I guess I better get use to parking by the Amtrak and catching the trolley to local festivals.

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crackerbat | July 17, 2013 at 10:40 a.m. (report)

not directly relevant to the article, but.. people are taking the sides of PARKING CHECKERS.. over you.. that's got to tell you something about yourself.

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TOJU | July 16, 2013 at 4:09 p.m. (report)

I thought you were going to say that you were unfairly towed, or that you didn't notice the No Parking signs.
But you knew you were parking illegally.
And then you were surprised there were actual consequences.

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mygreendoor | July 16, 2013 at 2:34 p.m. (report)

Yes, parking downtown and at popular events can be impossible to find. But if we didn't have the parking checkers doing their thing, cars would not be forced to move regularly and plenty of people would never have a fair shot at a parking spot. The checkers are a necessary evil unfortunately.

That said, Milwaukee doesn't have the parking issues other cities have. We're just too cheap to pay for off-street parking. Dave, go down to Chicago where EVERY business charges you to park on their lot...and where public parking was privatized and where it's not unusual to pay $10 or more for street parking. You made your bed, sleep in it.

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Photodavie | July 16, 2013 at 6:53 a.m. (report)

36366 "Somebody around here needs to have some common sense." Uh, you parked in a tow-away zone and got towed. Seems to me the crazy parking checker is the one with the common sense here Dave. Get a clue.

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