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Reading some of the comments here is really getting me upset - more than the article itself even! People who are able-bodied just don't get it! I can barely walk. I use a cane and should be in a wheelchair probably, but I keep pushing myself until the day I simply won't be able to walk any further. That said, people are so ignorant of what we go through! They think all disabled people are in wheelchairs and are mobile, right? Well, for me, walking to the meter box, walking back to my car, then onto my destination can be more than I can bare! I am in constant physical pain. On a scale of 1 to 10 I'm a 12, but I keep going because I HAVE to! I am a single mom with no other options, so I keep on going. Yes, there are A LOT of people abusing the placards and I think there should be a different system. And I would be ok with paying for parking if there was a way that I could do it without the walk back and forth (which can be quite long in some places!). BART? There's no transportation options for me. Not near bart. Can't walk the blocks to the bus stop. Unable to ride a bike (my hip is my issue or I would!). And speaking of BART....have you ever thought about how much walking is required in a station? I have to walk FAR to get to the elevator to get to the train. I get off at the next station and the elevator is at the complete opposite end of the station. The walk has brought me to tears! People just don't get it! But I am just happy to have the closer parking spot for parking and again, I'm not looking for free parking, just closer, more convenient parking. Come up with a better solution that doesn't cost more than the city would make by making us pay, and then I'd be happy to do so!
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