If you don’t live in the New York area, you may not have heard that the powers that be are currently considering plans to cut down on congestion in Midtown during the workday, which, in this case, would probably mean paying a toll to get into that part of the city with a car. The measure is, let’s say, not so popular.

Streetsblog reminds us that this is not the first time for such a controversy. In the early 1930s, there was another controversial measure proposed to cut down on car congestion: parking meters. From the WSJ:

But many drivers believed that charging for parking was downright un-American. The “newfangled nuisances,” “damn foolish contraptions” or “gypometers,” opponents said, illegally infringed on the individual’s right to free use of the public streets. They amounted to a tax on automobiles, depriving owners of their property without due process.

If only those people could see the signs for $7.50/half-hour today!