When it comes to finding an answer for the downtown parking meter question, the biggest mistake Salem can make is trying to answer the parking meter question.
- One side is market-sector
economic goods and services, which are normally allocated by ability to pay;
second face is public-sector goods, like buses, streets, bridges, roads,
schools, libraries, and parks, which are very often allocated by other means;
third face is public health and safety, which is usually seen as a cost only,
and is often an unrecognized victim of choices in other areas;
- and the fourth face is our natural capital: the renewable and nonrenewable natural resources, including places for pollution to “go,” and which provides the real basis for our wealth and well-being.