Pay Parks

Dallas Ransom 2004

The construction of car parks where you pay continues without a pause in our cities. You pay to park even at the hospital to visit a sick person. Car parks have speculative designs.
They are useful as earners for those who give the areas in concession, for those who construct, for those who get the cash for parking. They are of no use to reduce the traffic. In fact they increase it. More spaces for cars. More cars.
If the purpose of the car parks is to make money, to change things we need to use the counter measures. We’ll build pay parks instead of car parks. Parks that are cared for and controlled. Without broken benches, needles and drug addicts. Parks for children. For elderly people.
For those who want to read a book lying on the grass. With checks at the entrance. Pay to get what we deserve as a right seems folly. But if it’s the only way to get back the public land, let’s do it. Pay parks in the cities would be bursting at the seams. A tiny entrance fee could be enough. We’d partly avoid the weekend exodus to see an oak or a cow.
A few suggestions for those who would like to exchange metal boxes with trees:
- Tell the town authorities to fence off the pavement where your front gate is with elegant steel bars. Like in Amsterdam. The tiny rectangle of land surrounded by metal in a few months will become a meadow. It can be done.
- Collect the highest number of signatures to reconvert a square transformed into a car park into a public garden. It’s a question of shifting 50 to 60 fxxking cars to give back the space to the citizens. Because it belongs to the citizens.
- Create Acquisition Groupings for the parks to make an offer for the public areas used or to be used for car parking.
Tiny meadows, public gardens, pay parks. It’s possible. Show that it is possible.

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Prince: If we already were in a science-fiction world, I would rather pay to see Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock!;-))))))
PS) ciao Blisco, welcome back!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | February 8, 2007 02:49 PM

We already are in a science-fiction world.
Look at how much money in taxes you guys have to pay to see a dwarf and a MortadellaMan...

P.S.: Ciao Blisco!

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | February 7, 2007 11:39 PM

I totally don't agree with you, Beppe. I don't want pay parks but more green in the cities for free. Paying for parks looks like some old science-fiction movies, set in the future, when tree, flowers, plants and animals are practically extinct and people must pay a lot of money only to see a cow or eat a tomato.

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | February 7, 2007 02:14 PM

As I have just one or two floors to go from my garden to my workshop I'm not very much concerned about. I just need some free time to enjoy but I suppose it will be when i will be retired:-)

Posted by: Blisco | February 7, 2007 01:06 PM

Yes, no entry!
the two of you are so funny....

Posted by: giuliana capo | February 7, 2007 04:13 AM

Yes, and no entry to the Green Zone!

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | February 7, 2007 03:44 AM

We could start by giving "those guys" a free one-way ticket to Baghdad........

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | February 7, 2007 03:08 AM

Not really. I said that there is no solution unless the whole system is completely re-hauled. So the solution is to start from scratch instead of tinkering with the presently hopeless system.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | February 7, 2007 01:18 AM

Enrico, no offense, but you sound like a quitter.

Probably if we would approach the problem with a more positive attitude, we could pull out a solution and also gather others that are now hidden or didn't find a good occasion to show what they can do with a creative collective.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | February 6, 2007 11:59 PM

Giovanni, there really is no solution unless the whole system is completely re-hauled. Honest, principled and competent people have no interest in playing the servile and corrupt political game. In Italy only the Party fedelissimi are allowed to advance so, at the end, you have got a non-representation of very dubious characters who are in power only to represent themselves and the interests they serve, not the electorate for sure.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | February 6, 2007 11:55 PM

The question still stands: Why must we pay for what we already paid for?

Of course we will never have an answer from MortadellaMan like we never had it from the Dwarf....

The reason is out in the air for us all to see: no matter who they are, they will try to get the blood out of our veins because they sold their soul to the devil.

By the way: MortadellaMan looked like a mental retarded for how he dealt with the Vicenza's US base.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | February 6, 2007 11:20 PM

Piero, just think that in a 2002 speech, the now US Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke provided a not-so-subtle hint of his monetary policy leanings when he implied that deflation could be combated by dropping money from helicopters in order to "stimulate" the economy (the resulting harmful distortions in the economy notwithstanding).
This is nothing but a pyramid scheme: we print paper today to repay our debt on paper loans due tomorrow. As long we all pretend that this is a serious game the swindle will go on.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | February 6, 2007 09:39 PM

We could always ask central banks to build lots of parks for us in exchange of 20 more years of fractional reserve banking? They got so good at creating money out of nothing that maybe they are equally able to create parks out of thin air. After all GREEN should be their favourite colour ..... catch my drift?

Posted by: Piero Sanna | February 6, 2007 06:39 PM

I would not agree with the idea of paying for parks, parking lots etc.
These are facilities that should be provided anyway since citizens pay Borough fees...!!!
Or else why do these fees exist???

Posted by: paola filinesi | February 6, 2007 05:29 PM

He (Chomsky) said that even in the NY Times you should start reading from the end of the articles (the end also of the news paper ) ,it is like the journalist is hiding what he says hoping that putting the crux of the matter in the end it will not be noted and it will be published. He said that what will happen in Iraq is upon us (even the boy "gentleman" who was asking the question) who were there , taht the Adm is so scared that it is impossible to predict what will do as when somebody is so scared the reaction could be whatever.
Will they track us ?

Posted by: giuliana capo | February 6, 2007 02:37 PM

Yes Beppe thanks for your blog.
As the majority is so silent it is very usefull to hear from other people ,thinking people .
Yesterday I went to hear Chomsky. It was a sold out of course, but I was expecting more people on the stand by line. I am pretty sure that the majority is on this side , the only thing is they are so silent. And the questions which were asked....Ahhh!!what a school we still have in Italy!!!!!

Posted by: giuliana capo | February 6, 2007 11:38 AM

Beppe, In Singapore if you enter the city with the car your pay an electronic toll by a remote sensors (like the auto toll in the Autostrade) As you said many times, the technology is there! The solution is simple, you pay a fee for entering the urban area with your own vehicle full stop
However if you punish who do not use the public transportation system you must provide a public transportation system too. You can’t have small unfriendly buses with the frequency of a train…dirty an with unfriendly drivers that shake you and the senior passengers like milk bottles.
Beppe urge our “dipendenti” to come in Hong Kong (not for entertainment like they have done in the past ) to see how inconvenient is to own a car and how efficient and low cost is the public transport , how easy is to pay (octopus) the public transport etcetera.
Long time ago my company offered me the car and I said “No thanks, pay me the children school expenses instead.”
I am one of the several million people of this City that is proud to go to work every single day without turning on an engine. Yes there are some few that still push the start engine red bottom of ferraris but they can't go above the second gear since the roads are for taxis and busses. Sometime when I’m lazy I take a taxi too and I spend 1,5 euro!!!not 12 or more a soon you seat in a taxi in Padova or Milan!
When we travel to italy we have to get petty cash forecasting the number of taxi we will need to use. Is amazing! stupid! and criminal not to think to our children future. The solution is there already !
Bebbe thanks for you blog. and once again please don’t stress yourself too much . we need people like you.

Posted by: zagorfly | February 6, 2007 10:05 AM

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