_ I drove to Frankfurt today.
For some, it is considered to be “the big city”. Compared to other cities in the world, it is a small village. The large number of high-rise buildings fools people into believing that the population is greater than one million. It is not. Only stupid people compare it to London or Paris, perhaps because of its financial clout.
That’s not my point!
I want to write about parking, because I read an article on this subject. Parking is a problem in any city and Frankfurt, in spite of its small size, is not different. When visiting the city, one is faced with the decision of where to park. That usually means choosing a parking garage and paying an (exorbitant) fee. Frustration is always including, free of charge, and it is irrational (as explained in the below article).
European cities evolved before the advent of the automobile. Frankfurt may or may not have been founded by the Romans. It may be even older. Regardless of its age, early residents did not have to worry about parking. That being said, drivers have been aggravated about parking in Europe since the invention of the automobile. Germans might have invented the Autobahn and no speed limits, but they have not solved the problem of parking.
Back to the article, which my interest in an eclectic range of reading matter led me to read. Having visited Los Angeles on several occasions and been forced to park a car in many of the locations mentioned in the article, it piqued my interest. I now understand why there are so many empty parking spaces at office parks and shopping malls.
This is not for everyone, but if you have driven in Los Angeles or tried to park in a number of US cities, you might learn something...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.