Mayor Richard M. Daley: the gift that keeps on giving.
Even if you did not resolve to continue getting nickeled and dimed by local government in 2013, you will. Due to the 75 year deal our old *friend* Mayor Daley signed (prior to ramming it through the spineless City Council), parking meter rates increase again today.
In the loop– bordered by Wacker Drive, Lake Michigan, and Congress Parkway– the rates increase from $5.75 per hour, which is already the most expensive in the country, to $6.50 an hour. $6.50!!!! That amount is utterly ridiculous! That is now the most expensive rate in North America. Thank former Mayor Daley for that! Inside the central business district (and outside the loop)– bordered by the lake, Roosevelt Road, Halsted and North Avenue– rates increase to $4.00 from $3.50 an hour. Everywhere else sees an increase of 25 cents to $2.00 per hour. Chicago enjoys the highest street parking rates in the nation.
This is the fifth consecutive year parking rates have gone up. The $2.00 per hour it costs in the neighborhoods is more than most downtown areas in other cities.
In 2013, like 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009... our state and local governments have resolved to continue taxing us to death. Happy New Year Chicago.