it’s funny how various parts of the country treat their citizens so different.
Here in the Texas town I live in not only is all downtown street parking free (with a two hour limit) but the business owners have banded together and formed an organization that makes additional improvements to the area like free parking lots and access to a free shuttle that travels around downtown to make it easier to patronize various downtown businesses while only having to park once.
EVERYTHING I’ve been made aware of about Texas in recent years has made me positively LUST to move there at some point when we can swing it. There is simply NO WAY OUT of the stranglehold of high taxes here in this NY/NJ corridor.
Everywhere you turn, you pay through the teeth for the “privilege” of being inconvenienced. The George Washington
Bridge,for example, now costs FOURTEEN DOLLARS TO CROSS, all in order to get into NYC and be subjected to more of Mayor Bloomberg’s fiefdom. The GWB serves as a prime example of
Big Gov in action: decades ago, its initial tolls were put in place only to (presumably) pay for its construction and maintainence, and were a few bucks-—predictably, they have risen year by year from the 2 or 3 dollars they were when I moved here in 1985 to the $14 they are today.
The northeast might as well be a different country in terms of the freedom its residents are allowed
Exactly. This family took a Philly, DC, Boston, NY heritage vacation several years ago. We were amazed at our first stop, Philly, at the parking meters everywhere with 15 and 30 minute limits. How does one tour when one has to continually get back to feed the meters? We tried putting extra money. It accepted but gave no extra time. A helpful Yankee passed and suggested we get a rental. The look of incredulity on his face spoke “stupid Southerner” when I said we ARE in a rental. He told us to park at will then and walked off shaking his head.
Getting back home was a relief.