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A lot of government buildings have assigned parking, and some do not. In either case, why not introduce a lot auction for each space? The price is set by the users, a true supply & demand system. After all, why should Jeff the Janitor get that killer spot in the front row just because he's been here
for 26 years?
Auctions would guarantee the spot is yours for 6 months. Every 6 months, another auction is held, with "topper" rights (you Fantasy Baseball players know what this is!) If the auction raises the value of your space, you may beat the auction by adding $1 to the auction price.
The license that you obtain would guarantee your spot, every day, as long as you park there before 12:00 pm. After that, all spots are free game.
All money received would be used for parking lot maintenance and improvements (good in theory, but difficult to keep, the way governments are) and, of course, for the tow trucks needed to remove interlopers.
(?) Nothing new under the sun
[DrCurry, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]