The NYC DOT has proposed installing its PARK Smart muni meters in Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill, and will offer an informational meetings to local business owners on Wednesday, Feb. 13 between the hours of 10am and 1pm at 250 Baltic St.
PARK Smart meters cost 50 cents for 15 minutes during peak hours (12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday) and 25 cents for the same amount of time off peak.
The pilot program in nearby Park Slope has received mixed reviews from residents there since it began.
In a previous report, Will Yakowicz wrote:
Although spending a few extra coins for less time can be considered a ripoff, the point of all the changes, according to community board members and the city government, is not to benefit drivers, but rather the local economy.
The new rates will encourage people not to park on commercial avenues for long periods of time, creating a higher turnover rate and more potential customers...
... "Everybody wants parking that's ample and cheap. You can't have it both ways,” explained Craig Hammerman, Community Board 6 district manager. “What we've found through our PARK Smart program in Park Slope is that when you charge more for parking there's a greater turnover of vehicles, which is good for local businesses. Some people may squawk about it but based on our experience most people won't notice it at all."
What do you think, Carroll Gardeners, Cobble Hillers and Boerumians?