Originally Posted by Full Mountain
I'm not sure how you figure that everyone has a dedicated parking stall....the majority of the city that was built before the last bust has at most capacity for 2 cars, the parts that were built prior to that (1940's and prior) are lucky to have a garage more likely a back drive (capacity 1 vehicle)....I currently live in a house that was built around 1925 and while there is a garage (a later addition) but, I am not allowed to use it as my landlord has rented it out, so neither I nor the folks upstairs who have 2 vehicles have dedicated spots, it makes it a challenge sometimes but not a challenge that I would trade for a 200-300 dollar increase in my rent
I figure it because the city has an overnight parking ban several times per year, that covers all roads, and for the past several decades (as long as I've been alive I've seen parking bans) the city hasn't towed everyone's car.
From what I recall about vehicle ownership numbers, there are fewer cars than residences in Winnipeg, and much of the city has room for 2, 3, even 4 cars if you include a garage. It's only a select handful that have 3 cars in a house with zero parking spots. Hell, most people in houses with only one spot in the back can't afford multiple cars (that's why they're in tiny older houses in the first place).
You're an outlier, but you're certainly not the typical average case - again, cars aren't being towed by the thousands when the parking ban comes into effect. I know a few friends who park "illegally" in commercial lots (shopping malls, etc) but I never saw those getting full during a parking ban.
If you want to be cheap on parking/rent, that's your prerogative (like mersar above) but then you have to deal with the lack of on-street parking during the parking bans. Everyone I know in the city who owns a car has to contend with this - either live in a place with parking, pay for parking, or do the mad car shuffle a few times during the winter.
And of course, every winter I got the panic call from a buddy who didn't realize reality, asking if he could park on my driveway that night.