So I know John Van Horn goes nuts every time someone says “free parking” because there is no such thing. I get it. But as somebody who parks like a regular person, the idea of “free parking,” whether it’s real or imagined, is even better than free – it’s like your favorite team winning a big game; it’s like watching people face plant in the mud on Wipeout; it’s like winning a very small lottery. And free holiday parking – even better.
I guess the City of Grand Rapids isn’t so sure it wants to offer free holiday parking in the future, but they should think of it this way: most people have nothing to say about their cities’ operations beyond complaints. “The trees on the easement have destroyed my septic tank and now my front yard is a big toilet.” “The pot holes are halfway to China.” “Our schools are churning out criminals.” “Our police eat donuts all day.” and so on. So before you take away the one perk everyone (except JVH) agrees is a beautiful thing, understand that you might be taking away the only thing we like about you.