Tampa finds parking enforcement is a loss leader

The Tampa Tribune reports today that its city’s mayor is asking for nearly $1.2 million in subsidies for Tampa’s parking system — $700,000 to upgrade elevators in the one of its garages and the rest to cover operating losses.

I love how reporter Kevin Wiatrowski described the situation:

… the parking division is like a grown man living in his parents’ basement: Sure, he makes money, but not enough to live on his own. It takes help from the folks upstairs to keep him afloat.

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