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For the week of May 17 through May 23, 2000

A horse named
Traffic Jam

The Ketchum City Council needs to rein in its team before its metered-parking stagecoach becomes a runaway.

The council agreed Monday night to pursue installation of downtown parking meters to avoid being overwhelmed by cars.

Whoa, Ketchum!

Using metered parking alone to solve traffic woes will be like cinching up a bucking strap on a short-tailed fly-bitten horse named Traffic Jam.

Ketchum needs to discourage parking, but it cannot and should not do so before providing alternatives to driving. The city shouldn’t use the whip without offering a few carrots and apples.

Free morning and evening bus service from park and ride lots between Bellevue and Sun Valley is one alternative. Peripheral parking in city-owned lots on Warm Springs Road combined with frequent shuttle bus service to downtown is another.

Ketchum could stop downtown traffic before it starts if it quit dawdling on affordable housing. The city should quit making feeble excuses and get to work. People living inside city boundaries could walk to work or ride the bus. Aspen, Park City, Vail and Jackson have proven that affordable housing isn’t an impossible dream.

Metered parking alone will hurt businesses, all of which are having difficulty attracting and keeping workers. It will hurt workers, too, because they will feel the kick in the wallet.

Metered parking alone is like beating old Traffic Jam harder and more often to make it a better horse. It doesn’t work and it’s guaranteed to make the horse mad.


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