I found out this weekend why a family members personal downtown business has had the parking lot for the business always filled up with cars parked there shortly after 5pm, when there business closes. Apparently nobody minds the sign about the towing company on the building being authorized to impound their cars for parking there without permission.
As it turns out, the parking attendant at the pay lot across the street tells potential clients of his parking lot to take up the "free" parking on my family members property.
I know it is nice to find free parking downtown, however this causes to many issues.
First for my family. I have gone by at night to find people camping, doing crack, and other activities on my family members property that are less then legal. For that reason, my family member is going to step up business with the towing company to remove these unwanted vehicles on a regular basis.
Second, for the owner of the pay parking lot. As I informed the attendant, "don't you think maybe the rates for your lot keep going up because you tell people to illegally park here then generating money for your boss like your suppose to?"
So Seattle, please stop parking where you are not suppose to. If your not suppose to park there, and really want to, clear it with the business owner first. On at least one private parking lot downtown, a lot more cars are going to start getting towed in the near future.