citizen-times: "City transportation department director Putnam agrees: Parking supply is a matter of consumer perspective. Because parking meters are free after 6 p.m., people seek out those 765 spaces, and they fill up first. Drivers get frustrated looking for street parking, and it seems like there's nowhere to park. Instead, try a parking deck, Putnam said."The cost to the economy, not counting subsidy, for parking downtown, is $40/yr per person for greater Asheville. Free public transit would end this and free most of the wasted space.
Parking is a hidden cost of the #autosprawl system, an externality not counted in the profits of oil, auto, and sprawl.