The parking situation in this town that I love is worsening by the day. I am not talking about the increase in traffic in the downtown area, I am talking about this "downtown parking task force" that has only made parking more miserable while encouraging the city to become more greedy. For over a year, the city has been trying to increase usage of the garages by increasing the cost of the meters. It's now $2 per hour. That's a lot, but I get it--it's revenue for this amazing city. It didn't stop there, however. Several weeks ago, the city installed those same costly meters in the ground floor of the westerly parking structure in Plaza Escuela (closest to Cheesecake Factory). Adding 37 meters. They also added 63 meters across the street on the SECOND floor of the East Garage. Next year, I am certain that they will add them on the third floor and so forth. This is getting ridiculously greedy...especially when the city has stated for years that they just wanted to get more cars in the garages and that it wasn't about the city's revenue. That's a crock. The most appalling realization of these greedy parking tactics came last week when parking in the Anthropologie parking lot. I pulled in, hopped out and put $2 in the meter. As I was walking away, I realized that I didn't do a great job of parking and needed to correct my parking job. My friend stood in the front of the spot close to the meter while I re-parked. Once I was completely backed out of the spot, my friend hear the meter make a clinking sound. To our ASTONISHMENT, we learned that the meters are reset when you back out. Obviously equipped with an "eye" that monitors when a spot has vacated. We had to put another $2 in the meter! THIS IS AN APPALLING TACTIC! This goes beyond city revenue. This goes against the spirit of this lovely city. So, I've learned to get your parking spot right the first time or let the guy next to you scale his car to squeeze into it--who can afford common courtesies at this price?? Howabout that little "victory" when you pull up to a parking meter with 25 minutes on it...NOPE, not in this city anymore. While they are at it...perhaps they should install little change trays in the streets so that all wayward coins drop into little slots--as a city we should capture every "lucky penny" one could possibly happen upon. No lucky pennies in this town either. These money grubbing, price gouging tactics are not consistent with building a community. Now that parking tickets are nearly $50, the meters are $2 an hour, they have 100 new meters in the garages, and no one can get a free minute of parking, can the city just be happy with all this new revenue and give it a rest now??