I don't agree that parking is that hard to find, unless you want metered parking right next to the business you want to visit.<quoted text>
I don't think you get what I am suggesting.(1) downtown parking can be difficult to find and may take cruising around a few times.(2) Use a place to park ALL cars and shuttle people in. Tourists and locals. Takes cars off the streets in the areas of the Plaza and Guadalupe.
There are lots of parking lots and a few parking structures around, I think you can park all day for $9.00.
My favorite place to park downtown on weekends is the lot of the old St. Vincent hospital. Sometimes they charge $5.00 to park, most times no one is collecting.
You park right behind the Cathedral Basilica and the plaza is two blocks away. I park there when I go to church, and on Christmas Eve, you avoid the rouge cops and people walking to Canyon Road.
I live close enough to a bus stop that I can leave the car at home if I choose to bus downtown.
How safe would a park and ride lot be for your car? For you coming back from a day's work/shopping, to an dark, unmonitored lot?