Why does Buffalo make parking so confusing?
To meter or not to meter, that is the question. I certainly do not condone illegal parking. Nor do I believe that parking should be a free-for-all. A group of which I was a member drove downtown to have lunch. We all found it quite confusing as to where we should pay for parking. There were meters, some working, and around the corner, there were pay stations, one in the middle of each block. We were afraid that if we paid at the wrong place, we would become a statistic in The News, owing for illegal, improper or otherwise ticketable offenses.
In many areas, parking is restricted with signs stating, “No Standing Here To Corner” three or four car lengths away from intersections, reducing the number of spaces available. Also, the pay station cost $2 for all day, the meter just a few feet away was $1 per hour. Is it at all possible to standardize the system with one or the other? I have been to other cities having only pay stations conveniently located. With the $8 million in revenue, I am sure some funds could be allocated.