Although it has the reputation of being a Republican patronage haven, the Democrats feed at the trough also. I once read the PPA was the price the Democrats pay to ensure Republicans run candidates who can't win. Remember GOP mayoral candidate Karen Brown?

Parking regulations exist to help businesses with reasonable turnover of customers. But it seems to me that the PPA exists solely to write more tickets, which equals more patronage. Our politicians talk about economic development and good government while remaining silent about PPA. Why? Because they all have their hands in the patronage cookie jar.

With their ridiculous fines for minor violations, deliberately confusing signage, and overly aggressive enforcement this agency costs the city millions each year. And what idiot at PPA thought the show "Parking Wars" was a good idea? That show alone probably convinced thousands of potential consumers to decide this city just isn't for them.

Charles Brennan, Philadelphia

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