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Bayridge Muni Meters – The Grafitti Poles of Brooklyn

I am not a munimeter fan. They require us, the drivers, to walk to the end of the block in all type of weather then back to our cars to place  apiece of paper on our dash. Is this a major problem compared to the benefits of a munimeter? Munimeters do increase parking spaces, are easier to maintain, allow us to pay with a credit card and remove all those unsightly meters – so why am I complaining?
bayridge minu meters - totem poles of graffiti
The reason is simple. The reduced maintenance has not translated into reduced fees. On the other hand the fees continue to rise for parking where in Bayridge Brooklyn, we are now paying .25cent for 15 minutes. Lets not forget the premise of this article – the munimeter has become a target for graffiti.

Bayridge muni meters - totem poles of graffiti
Bayridge muni meters – totem poles of graffiti

These totem poles of graffiti now poison the neighborhood, attract additional thugs &  vandals, cheapens the businesses they are placed in front of & lowers property values. Calling 311 gets you a noncommittal response. What are businesses to do? Yes we can attempt to remove the filth at our own expense and time Are we now in charge of their maintenance? Do we receive a discount for such maintenance?

Whilst munimeters are an excellent idea, we, The People, do not reap the benefits of the reduced maintenance and management, pay more for this “privilege” to park and now have to maintain them to keep our neighborhood vandal free. As business owners we work 24x7x365 to make our businesses successful, pay our employees, our taxes and hope to have a few dollars left to buy food for ourselves. Customers are attracted to a clean looking, upscale businesses to spend their hard earned money – and when i state customers, i mean the ones that actually spend money and we are happy to service – Now in this repressed economy we are again straddled with our governments attempts to “make our lives better” – note to government, leave us alone – thank you!

laissez-faire
– 
a doctrine opposing governmental interference in economic affairs beyond the minimum necessary for the maintenance of peace and property rights
– 
a philosophy or practice characterized by a usually deliberate abstention from direction or interference especially with individual freedom of choice and action