3 visits per week of 1-2 hrs @ $1.50/hr * 4 weeks/month = 3 x 1.5 x 2 x 4 = $36/month on top of a $50 membership, which is a 72% increase.
That's an odd working definition of "not impacted".
I'm generally in favor of charging for parking downtown. Manage demand, capture some revenue, offset some costs.
My #1 concern is the impact on the downtown YMCA. There isn't enough parking in its own lot to accommodate demand, even during off-peak hours but especially between 5-7 pm, which would fall under meter time. (I don't even try parking in it myself, and just find a spot on the street.)
Parking in the Durham Center lot is officially forbidden but seems (for the moment) tolerated in practice after 5pm. However if the property owners decide to get serious about that (which seems likely if more people start using it to duck the meters) there is going to be a crunch. A lot of people use the Y (rather than other gyms) for budgetary reasons, and if you tack on $1.50-3.00 per visit that changes things rather dramatically. Not everyone lives within walking distance or has flexibility in their schedule.
Not to mention the potential impact on participation in youth programs, etc.
@David: the people who are prime age for absorbing pop music (i.e., much younger than me, and I assume, you as well) will absolutely remember Taylor and Justin in 50 years. And they will "remember" the Beatles in more or less the same terms I remember Glenn Miller.
If DPD gave the same amount of attention to simple possession as it does to stop sign, crosswalk, and school zone violations, that'd be about right.
You don't have to weigh the harms of legal MJ (or any other drug) against a standard of no harm. You just have to weigh them against the harms of drug war, which are manifold.
Further, you don't have to support legalization of MJ (though I do, personally) to consider the routine use of military tactics and overwhelming force to serve drug warrants a bad thing.
I've always thought of Pat as more of a Smithers to Art Pope's Mr. Burns.
Though he looks like Milhouse.
@Ms. Lathrop--A quick Google search of your name + "pit bulls" indicates that you are an extraordinarily prolific and ubiquitous internet commentor on this subject. If you feel so strongly about this and are willing to devote so much time to it, why not write your own book, and lay off the (frankly creepy) fixation you seem to have on Ms. Dickey?
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