Still from Payan video--FTP (Fuck the Parking!)
Finally, something that can bring gentrifiers and Mexicans together in downtown SanTana: the area's jacked-up parking situation.
This year, the SanTana City Council put in those newfangled parking meters that have sensors monitoring when cars come and go, the better to reset lest a car gets a free 15 minutes or so; this fall, those meters saw parking increase from 75 cents an hour to $1.50, plus a maximum of two hours for cars to stay in one parking space from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., then a max of three hours from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.--as opposed to the previous rules of unlimited stays, and free parking after 8 p.m.
The move--which essentially makes the daytime crowd hurry up their lunch or shopping, and generally forces folks to pay in the downtown's parking structure--is enraging restaurant and business owners, which have been meeting with city officials trying to convince them to change the rules. But far more infuriated is the camera-wielding public.More »