It compelled me to ride down to the Frost Park Chalk Challenge and draw this response:
If you like it, you can vote for Matt and I might win something!
I'm actually a supporter of metered street parking in downtown. As it is, most street parking is free, but limited to one hour. I don't find this enough time to get lunch or shop, especially when I have kids in tow. We often park at the T-Dome P&R and take the Link Rail, or ride a bike. Either way, the parking is free. And for those times when I need to feed the meter, I'm happy to pay for the right-of-way for my vehicle.
More info at http://downtowntacomaparking.com