Sometimes, you ask me for help with questions of importance in your town. Then I turn around and ask you to help each other. This morning, Dena needs your help with a parking meter question.
Our City Council is considering putting parking meters downtown to discourage employee/owner parking and encourage quick turnover of spaces.
I need your help! Everyone, except a few City Council members, thinks this is a terrible idea and feels that it will kill our thriving downtown. We have built our area into something very special that other towns are actually researching and trying to copy. Our city only has 1,200 residents and we rely on tourism money to survive. We are still growing, but fear that putting parking meters downtown will take business away from our merchants and ruin our small town feel (which keeps the people returning again and again). Most downtown visitors park and stay for hours shopping, eating and just strolling around. Our downtown consists of about 5 city blocks of buildings with small independent businesses, parking on both sides of the road and a one-lane road going down the middle – it’s very small.
I am on the board of our Business Association. We are having a special meeting this Thursday to help spread the word about what the Council wants to do. The Council is having a Town Hall meeting on June 3rd to hear from businesses and residents.
I am researching the issue online, but the majority of what I am finding is information that is PRO parking meters. I need the other side. I am looking for first hand accounts from other small towns showing that this ended up being a bad idea. I would love to have some statistical data, some research, some expert saying that doing it in small, tourist driven towns is a bad idea.
Can you help me? Could you write an article about this issue and ask your followers for their feedback and experiences? I really don’t know who else to ask this of – you are the first that came to mind.
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