Parking is the new black, except less sustainable
Excuse me for chuckling but is this fight over parking at DND the height of ridiculous entitlement, or what?
Yes, yes, I get it. You’re used to driving your own personal vehicle to work and park it there. You’re used to paying for the privilege, even though I’d wager you’re not paying full price for it, not by a long shot. $35 a month to store your personal metal collection full-time is cheap, even this far out of town.
But you know. The Giant Parking Scramble is a sight to behold.
It’s a sign of the times, no doubt, that so many of us feel that a job without a parking space (paid or not) seems like an aberration. We have built out lives around personal vehicles, and we’ve been so successful at it that we can’t imagine any other way.
But the times, they are changing. And not a moment too soon if you ask me.
Yes, I too own a car and I need it as much as you do. I don’t claim virtue, only foresight. I know the car era is coming to an end, because our cities can’t breathe properly with so many of them clogging its arteries.
When your doctor tells you cholesterol is blocking the flow of blood in your body, you don’t fight back by saying you need Big Macs to survive. You bitch and moan that salads just aren’t the same, but you do eventually change your diet because life is more important to you than grease.
A city is like a body. It needs proper flow of crucial blood. That’s us. Human beings are a city’s blood. Traffic patterns are the veins and arteries. If they get clogged, the city doesn’t work as well — for anyone. If they get blocked, the city chokes and has a heart attack.
Widespread car ownership has only been with us a few decades. I’m prepared to bet most of that era is behind us, not ahead of us. There will come a time, not too far in the future, where the thought of owning one will seem as weird as the thought of owning a coal scuttle.
That’s not to say those DND employees will find it easy to scramble for a different solution. It might help if they see themselves as pioneers of a new and better age.