This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.
Mayor McGinn, the man who’s (unfairly) been labeled in the press as waging a “war on cars” in Seattle, today announced lower parking rates at the city-owned Pacific Place garage. The Mayor’s critics might expect him to be raising the cost of parking downtown, so this move might throw some off balance. Plus, it’s good policy: parking should be set at a price that optimizes supply and demand.
Of course, the truth is that Pacific Place has been underperforming for some time, the city’s losing money on it, and the idea of lowering rates to boost performance has been floated before. Still, it’s a political win for the Mayor in the short term. Whether it buys him any political capital remains to be seen.