However, if one rejects using a pricing mechanism to balance supply and demand for parking spaces, the only option is to limit demand by rationing. (Since the village rejected the parking garage idea years ago, increasing the supply of parking is not an option). And rationing is, in fact, the means by which the village still allocates its parking spaces on Main Street. The first-come, firstserved policy, which the village employs, is a widely used method of enforcing rationing.
First-come, first-served is reasonably ``fair.’’ It works especially well for early birds, such as downtown employees and some tourists, but unfortunately, it does not work so well for people who require parking at irregular times throughout the day. To help these folks, the village enforces a two-hour parking limit on Main Street. Essentially, the village has sliced up its quota of all-day parking spaces into smaller pieces of two hours each. Still, finding a space during the day remains unpredictable. The bottom line is that the village only has two contrasting ideological options for determining who gets to use its scarce public parking spaces.
The first is to give them away for free but ration their use by ``wise’’ government- imposed rules, and the second is to allow free-market forces to handle the job. It is ironic that the Republican candidates seem to prefer the first option, while the Democratic candidates seem to put more faith in a free-market solution. Go figure. Maybe Carol Waller can explain it.
Friedman for village justice
This is a letter of support for Leslie Friedman, who is running for Village Justice of Cooperstown. We have known Leslie since before our move to Cooperstown, when she so graciously took the time to discuss with us our potential move to Cooperstown.