As an economics major, I couldn’t believe my eyes while reading “He said, she said: Towing” last week. If my education has taught me anything, it’s that scarce resources must be given value so they can be allocated properly. Do the writers think parking spaces grow on trees?
Things are fine during the summer. I never have a problem parking by Top of the Stairs or hopping out to grab a burrito from my favorite place, Chipotle.
When Virginia Tech students come back, however, it is an entirely different story. Sitting in traffic on Main Street and car-stalking in the Squires lot are necessary actions.
Now don’t get me wrong, nothing would make me happier than being able to park wherever and whenever I want (Sharkey’s happy hour, here I come).
But I know we can’t have everything for free — even though many seem to think otherwise.
As much as I hate Valley Towing — I’ve been out there, and I know they are the type of jerks who would make someone punch a wall or make a sensitive guy read “Harry Potter” — I know they serve a purpose. Valley Towing makes it difficult to park but ensures spots are given to those who want them most.
If I’ve learned anything during my time at Tech it’s that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. If you give something away for free around campus and downtown, you pay a cost somehow, usually in the quality department.
If parking spots were given away free of charge, people wouldn’t know the value of a spot, and its quality would go down without an incentive.
Pretty soon it would become common knowledge around Blacksburg that the parking situation was horrible.
And when people finally got a spot they would see how crappy it really was — filled with potholes and loose asphalt, since the repairmen would have no real incentive to fix them. People might even give up on parking altogether.
Valley Towing is a necessary evil if we want to maintain the quality of the spots. It doesn’t take much to imagine how terrible things would become without them.