When we go out and about to shop, go out to eat or whatever else we do, there's usually ample amounts of parking. Even in downtown Lansing there's plenty of parking. Yes, I agree, charging for parking in downtown Lansing seems ridiculous.
Sometimes parking spaces can be tight. Often times when I try to park my truck I have to find another spot or readjust my parking job because I parked like a "jerk". I'm not worried about getting a parking ticket, I am more concerned about being respectful to those that have parked around my vehicle. I also want to make sure that my vehicle doesn't get hit or dingged by somebody else.
Laws are in place regarding this issue. According to Michigan Legislature:
A vehicle must not be parked, except if necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the law or the directions of a police officer or traffic-control device.
Within an intersection, within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, on a crosswalk, within 20 feet of a crosswalk, or if there is not a crosswalk, then within 15 feet of the intersection of property lines at an intersection of highways, within 30 feet of the approach to a flashing beacon, stop sign, or traffic-control signal located at the side of a highway. Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within 30 feet of a point on the curb immediately opposite the end of a safety zone, unless a different length is indicated by an official sign or marking. Within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing. Within 20 feet of the driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of the entrance if properly marked by an official sign. Alongside or opposite a street excavation or obstruction, if the stopping, standing, or parking would obstruct traffic. On the roadway side of a vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street. Upon a bridge or other elevated highway structure or within a highway tunnel. At a place where an official sign prohibits stopping or parking.