Parking meter rate hike sparks a rebellion


CAROL MARIN
Chicago Sun-Times
March 22, 2009

I spent last week staring at parking meters. And wondering if I was witnessing the beginnings of a boycott.

[efoods]Boycott is probably too strong a term. Quiet rebellion may be more like it.

Whatever the word, on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. there were at least 10 open parking meters down one short block of Clark Street next to Lincoln Park.

At noon in Wicker Park, where Milwaukee Avenue is usually packed with parked cars, there were open meters waiting.

And at 2 p.m. around the Sheraton Hotel on Columbus Drive, a place where normally you can’t crowbar your car into a space, there were at least three or four parking spaces. What’s up with this?

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