Dear A.M. Costa Rica:
David C. Murray’s complaint about having to pay for mall parking when he believes it should be free overlooks a crucial point: Parking is never free. Someone always pays for it, and if the motorists don’t, the cost is spread out among the customers who don’t drive in the form of higher prices for everyone.
“Free parking” is actually a subsidy to motorists disproportionately paid by those who don’t drive, and it’s simply not fair. In practice, it’s also a subsidy the less affluent provide to the affluent, which makes it doubly unfair.
If people want to drive, they should pay the costs of parking, not expect others to pay it for them.