The idea of privatizing public parking is not new; several other cities have tried it with what can only generously be described as mixed results. Other cities — Chicago, for example — have not only sold off garages but have also privatized parking meters, leading to massive spikes in costs for consumers and only temporary benefit to the municipal budget. Ms. Rawlings-Blake's proposal, by contrast, was modest and sensible. She is only proposing to sell off four of the city's 17 parking garages, affecting about 3,000 of the more than 40,000 spaces in public and private garages and lots in the central business district. Future maintenance costs for the facilities are an unknown, as is the market for parking garages in an Uber/driverless car future. And dedicating the windfall to a one-time use of the money like the construction and renovation of recreation centers, rather than to cover an operating budget shortfall, makes good sense.