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Parking Structure

From: domainremoved <Cherie>
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:16:10 -0700

Dear Council Members,

I'm unable to attend the meeting tonight, but wish to weigh in on the proposed parking structure in the downtown where I live and do most of my shopping.
In fact, as a longtime resident of the downtown who shops locally in this same downtown multiple times per week, let me say "It's not broke--don't fix it." I always find parking close to the store or restaurant that is my destination.

Here's the thing about parking structures: they're basically ugly and inconvenient, and many people won't use them, preferring convenient street parking. We are a small town with a very small downtown, not a big city that needs parking structures.

A parking structure would mean many people would have further to walk to get to their destination, which can be an issue for elderly people among others, and if they're carrying heavy items, this becomes even more of an issue.

Of all the suggestions up for discussion that I've seen, the only one that seems at all reasonable to me is the idea of building a small parking structure outside of the downtown retail area, reserved for employees of downtown businesses. That would free up more parking for customers.

But even at peak hours, as mentioned in the Almanac's recent article, only 80% of our current parking spaces are filled. That means 20% are vacant during the busiest hours! Where's the pressing need to further mess up our charming downtown with the eyesore of a multi-story parking structure?

There is none!

For all these reasons, I urge you to turn down the proposal for a downtown parking structure.

Sincerely,

Cherie Zaslawsky
Received on Tue Apr 24 2018 - 13:17:52 PDT

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