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VOL. 131 | NO. 84 | Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Reader Insists Parking Solution Already Exists for Zoo

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I just read a very well thought out and thorough letter (from Richard Smith, mediator in the Overton Park parking controversy) about the zoo parking issue. I have another way of looking at it.

The zoo actually has a massive surplus of parking, not a shortage. The zoo makes up to half a million dollars a year parking on the Overton Park Greensward. If it uses the massive surplus of available parking, it loses that money.

This massive surplus includes the Mid-South Fairgrounds, nearby vacant lots, nearby parking lots they can lease/rent (everybody else has been buying up those vacant lots), the Overton Square garage, and the neighborhood street parking itself. Solutions only work if you use them, and this is a choice, a choice directed by half a million dollars a year. It continues to choose to not use the already existing solution, while it adds a parking deck or whatever.

And don’t give me none of that shuttle service doesn’t work malarkey. It’s a position. It’s a lie. This works for major attractions and major airports all over the world where on-site parking does not exist. This whole distraction makes us out to be the stupidest city in the whole world.

This is a scam, nothing more. Stupidity is a distraction. So is this mediation. Intransigence and entitlement is the problem. Economics is the cause. It’s that half a million dollars a year shortfall behind the zoo’s and the city council’s parking scam.

Ceylon Mooney
Memphis

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 57 280 1,209
MORTGAGES 55 244 916
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 52 151
BUILDING PERMITS 158 699 2,751
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