Dynamic Parking Prices Lack Political Will, Local Support Near Wrigley Field

Setting the example for the rest of city was too tough a pill to swallow for businesses located near Wrigley Field.
October 23, 2018, 7am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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John Byrne reports: "A two-year experiment on raising parking meter prices around Wrigley Field during Cubs games and concerts will end this year, Wrigleyville’s alderman said Monday."

"Ald. Tom Tunney, 44th, said local businesses were tired of being the only ones in the city where 'surge pricing' was in place," according to the article. Tunney, who is running for re-election, is quoted in the article saying, "If we’re going to be the only ones, that isn’t right [….] It’s hard to defend, with business owners and residents complaining that it’s so expensive to park."

Since 2017, "metered parking in the area bounded by Irving Park Road, Belmont Avenue, Southport Avenue and Broadway increased from $2 to $4 an hour for seven hours starting two hours before Cubs games and concerts at the ballpark."

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Published on Monday, October 22, 2018 in Chicago Tribune
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