Free Parking Is Expensive

It's terrible public policy.

Try finding a spot.

Photographer: Craig Warga/Bloomberg

In “Tepper Isn’t Going Out,” Calvin Trillin’s novel of parking in New York City, Murray Tepper pays for a space in a garage near his apartment on the Upper West Side and rides the subway to work. But he can’t resist venturing out on evenings and weekends to take advantage of the amazing parking bargains that New York’s streets offer. Then he just sits there in his Chevy Malibu and reads the New York Post before taking the car back to the garage.

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