Paying to park at city meters on Saturday has technically been the law for about 40 years, but it wasn't until this past weekend that the Parking Authority of River City actually tried to enforce it. And already, several members of the Metro Council are discussing whether it might not be a good idea to go back to those more lenient days.
The new requirement will generate about 100,000 dollars in much-needed new revenue for the city. But free street parking has long been assumed by many who come downtown on the weekends to shop and play, and there's a fear that the new stringent rules will keep people away from the center city.
That may be true of a handful of people, but I have no problem with the new policy. As a matter of fact, the higher turnover of parking spaces that meter enforcement will cause could be a benefit to downtown businesses whose weekend customers will now find open spots where people previously just camped all day.
A two-hour limit will be tough on those who come to the YUM! Center for a basketball game or a play at the Kentucky Center, but that's why we have parking lots and garages. I say let's give the new setup at least a little time to prove itself before returning to the days of 1974.