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No parking — anywhere!

March 30, 2012 - Jodelle Greiner
It took me about 15 minutes more to get to work this morning.

I swung into the public lot across from the courthouse, and thought there was a stall open. When I got there, I realized some joker had parked their pick-up backwards across two stalls.

Okay, I’ve heard of taking two stalls to avoid door dings by other cars, but trust me, this truck didn’t need to be treated with kid gloves.

Ticked off, I drove through the lot behind J & R’s — no stalls. (I have driven through that lot before and seen vehicles parked over the lines so as to make it impossible to get a car in a neighboring stall. The problem there is the stalls and lanes are so tight you can’t maneuver your car well to get it lined up.)

Next I hit the lot across from the library. Every 8 hour stall was taken. Even though some two-hour stalls were open, I passed them up since I can’t take time off work to run out and move my car every two hours, so I drove to the lot behind the Methodist Church.

Hallelujah! Open stalls.

That meant I had to hoof it more than three blocks back to the office. I need the exercise and thank God the weather is nice, but come on, there has to be a better solution to this parking conundrum.

Reading Meg Alexander’s article on “Parking remains sticky issue” I found myself agreeing wholeheartedly with Vanessa Pomerenke of Eclipse hair salon and Deb Kelly of Picture This, Scrap That.

Why can’t businesses where the owners know their customers need more than two hours be allowed to give out passes? Something along the lines of a dated pass that can be hung in the vehicle or stuck on the windshield that says “Customer of Eclipse” and time-stamped with when they got there. It’ll be understood by the parking attendant that those people get more than two hours because they are spending money at a Plaza business. Customers could put them in the vehicle before their sessions start and then relax and enjoy their pampering or hobby without fear of getting a ticket.

Why can’t people who live on the Plaza be given some kind of resident pass they can hang in their vehicle so they can park longer? I can’t imagine having to go move my car around when I’m trying to relax at home.

I also like dropping the two-hour restriction on the side streets or at least changing it to 4 hours. That would give customers another place to park and grant them more time to do what they came to town to do.

The whole idea of this parking enforcement was to make it easier for people to shop Downtown Plaza. We have to find a way to keep it from driving them away.

 
 

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