I've been renting on New Market for about 3 years and parking my car on the street for most of them. Because of how annoying it always was finding a return spot in the evening or weekends, I got in the habit of biking as much as possible to get to work and around, and found I really only needed the car once a week or less. So, after my car got totalled by a drunk driver while it was parked on my street a few weeks before permit parking went into effect on New Market, I've decided to save some money and just try to get by on car sharing arrangements with friends.
Relying on sharing instead of owning a car and leaving it on the street most of the week has worked out really well, except when permits entered the picture. It's a constant struggle to avoid tickets when I have a car in front of my house and I've accumulated 5 in the last few weeks. The PPA offers two options for parking permit
: $35/year for a car registered to your address or $15 for a 15day guest pass -- neither of these can help me.
IMHO, it seems like encouraging car sharing and rental services like zipcar should be part of the solution to the parking problems in Philly, yet the PPA is making it an extremely expensive practice. Would other residents support a new type of parking permit for someone in my situation? Maybe a movable permit that one can get with a proof of residence other than a registered plate? Is there some way that could be exploited that I'm not thinking of? For me, this would help me move from leaving a car I don't need most of the week parked on the street for $35/year to only having a car on the street one or two days a week we I need it while somehow not getting ticketed constantly.