Can the Streetsblog network be trusted

A flyer distributed in the Lower Haight recently made the absurd argument that converting private car parking into car-share parking is “privatization.” Photo: Amy Stephenson/Hoodline
A flyer distributed in the Lower Haight recently made the absurd argument that converting private car parking into car-share parking is “privatization.” Photo: Amy Stephenson/Hoodline

I’m not sure if the good folks over at the Streetsblog SF read their own blog.  San Francisco residents are up in arms over SFMTA privatizing on-street parking for private car share companies.  Streetsblog SF says “…it’s not exactly privatization…” to remove lucrative parking meters for car share companies.  Five years ago the same blog called privatization a massive ripoff.

In an article that appeared on Streetsblog SF in November 2009, author John Kaehny, discusses the massive rip off of privatizing the streets of Chicago.

Graphic: New York Times/Chicago News Cooperative
Graphic: New York Times/Chicago News Cooperative

Related article:  It’s Official: Chicago Parking Privatization a Massive Rip-Off 

In December 2010 author Angie Schmitt said New Jersey got it wrong with their model.

Related article:  New Jersey Gets It Wrong on Parking Lot Privatization

Now author Aaron Bialick, writing for Streetsblog SF, is calling the residents claims “absurd”?  Is this the nonsense former SFMTA and now LADOT GM Seleta Reynolds is bringing to the City of Angels?   Blogs that vouch for programs in one breath then refutes themselves in the next?

Read how Streetsblog SF double talks in their latest article Parking Shared Cars Instead of Private Cars Isn’t Exactly “Privatization” .  If it’s not privatization, when you remove a city parking meter, then what is it?

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