The fact that some surrounding towns can get this right(er) than Boston is the most baffling part. This "tradition" bullshit has got to be the dumbest manufactured crisis ever affecting overall quality of life in the city. I get that Walsh as a first-termer has hide-preserving reasons for not spurring on any controversial action, but how lazy do pols have to be coming off 4 decades of dynastic mayoral machines and Councils with infinitely recyclable hacks who--if endangered--can just keep coming back again and again?Exactly. Free on-street neighborhood parking is a totally broken economic system.
The powers that be don't have anything substantial to fear on their own turf by tightening this ship, seeking new parking revenue sources, cleaning house at the rogue BTD, or simply lowering the BTD's operating costs with policy and enforcement that makes the roads more passable from fewer blockages. That's the most infuriating part. You expect them to act against the public interest when "I got mine" or threats to their own hides come into play. Any such threat has evaporated--at least with the multi-termers--with all the recent population turnover in the neighborhoods. This is all an anachronistic figment of City Hall's imagination.