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Morgan Stanley Buys Chicago Parking Meters

In Chicago's sweeping efforts to raise cash by selling everything that isn't nailed down -- and some things that are -- the city has voted to privatize its parking meters, selling them to former investment bank Morgan Stanley, now a bank holding company and, evidently, a burgeoning parking meter concern.

A partnership of Morgan Stanley Infrastructure and LAZ Parking submitted the winning bid of $1.15 billion to run the city's 36,000 parking meters for 75 years.

Hey, Chicagoans: Under the new deal, it's going to cost you $6.50 PER HOUR to park at the most expensive downtown meters by 2013.

The meter sell-off is part of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's plan to raise money for the cash-strapped Second City.

The city has accepted private money in exchange for long-term leases of the Chicago Skyway toll road ($1.83 billion), downtown parking garages ($563 million) and Midway International Airport ($2.5 billion), the Chicago Tribune reports.

-- Frank Ahrens
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By Frank Ahrens  |  December 3, 2008; 4:48 PM ET
Categories:  The Ticker  | Tags: Chicago, Morgan Stanley  
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Ah, yet again, foreigners buy America's future. Let's see, a Spanish or Australian company owns your highways, a bailed-out billionaire CEO owns your meters, and, for 75 YEARS. Great. I noted today that the wealthy are buying battery companies, literally, as that will drive up prices and profits for "clean renewable" energy. And my prediction: How much for your air? How much for not being aborted? How much for a hospital bed? Oh, you poor and middle class are such money-makers!!!!! Thanks for the bailout, suckers!!!!

Posted by: theeasypartsover | December 3, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

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