As many of you already know, there has been an exit from the valet parking industry in Center City by the major operator due to not having insurance. The Inquirer keeps on running articles about the "crisis" and how they are affecting all the suburban drivers coming into town for dinner.
Personally, I see the valet parking as traffic-clogging and monopolizing what should be public parking meter spaces. Walnut Street is crowded enough without a lane blocked by valet operators. I'm a CC resident, so I walk or cab to/from most of the restaurants I patronize, even though I do have a car.
On the other hand, I can understand how valet parking
can enhance a 'luxury' evening out to dinner who doesn't care to experience the city at all.
About a year ago, the Inquirer ran a diagram showing
the actual size of Cherry Hill Mall overlaid on
Center City. It was in the context of the proposed
ballpark at Broad/Vine. But it illustrated just
how far people were willing to walk in the context
of a suburban mall versus the grid of center city.
I don't know what the solution is, though it certainly seems that City Council is working like mad to restore valet service in one form or another.