Bright & Early: Bigfoot Edition

Good morning, Nashville. The Metro Council passed a bill last night allowing us to buy carbon offset credits in exchange for free parking downtown. Councilman Charlie Tygard thought the free-parking-for-hybrids law was a little too elitist, so he proposed this one to give the rest of us an option. Mid-sized sedan owners can expect to shell out anywhere from $40-72 per year, whereas someone who drives a 2002 Dodge F-150 might expect to pay $72.  But considering how much it costs to park down there these days, it certainly seems like a viable option. The money will go into a fund that funds tree-planting, wetlands mitigation and other stuff that helps the environment here in Nashville. Calculate your estimated offset at

Photo by Rick Harris.

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