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. Itâ€™s a tradition for our family. Same spot. Same foods. Same trip with Papa (thatâ€™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 wouldnâ€™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 Godâ€™s sake donâ€™t tow my damn car. Talk about a message that says donâ€™t bother coming down here or you may end up having your car towed.
It was a festival, for Godâ€™s sake. Cars were parked all over. Give those checkers instructions to ticket everybody parked illegally. But donâ€™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.
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.
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.
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.
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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