I agree with Mitch Downs that Salt Lake City's new solar-powered, credit-card-accepting parking kiosk system is not as bad as its reputation and, with a little focus, it's really quite easy ("Parking meter ed," Forum, Jan. 8).
All the time I hear from friends that they avoid driving downtown because of the "hassle" of parking. Some even say it's hard to find a parking space. What are they talking about? For a downtown urban area, Salt Lake has excellent parking.
Look around. The city's full of multi-story parking plazas, and even street parking is usually not difficult to find. Have they never been to a city bigger than Magna?