The parking industry needs to come up with an argument that actually works. Intellectually, I see how paid parking creates turnover, reduces circling, and increases use. But telling people paying for parking is good for business is like telling toddlers they should eat creamed spinach because it’s good for their bones – they don’t get it and they don’t care. I’m not a toddler, but as the owner of my very own wallet, I want free parking.
The City of Lynchburg is hoping to drum up support for paid parking. The instigators, I mean, officials, in favor of paid parking hope local business owners will argue the case. Read more here.
So far, it’s just a wish and a dream. One reader commented:
So, here we go again! They simply cannot pull themselves away from the lure of taking more money out of the downtown visitor’s pocket! “You, as a city, really have your strongest hand tied behind you because you can’t manage on-street parking,” Replace the word “manage” with the word TAX, because another tax is exactly what this amounts to.
People need a better reason to support paid parking. The environment is a hot button for me – tell me paid parking reduces emissions and I might feel better about it. Tell me the money will, without fail, be used for a worthy cause like streets or schools, and I might like that. Tell me paid parking actually makes my downtown area more desirable for some tangible reason, and I might choke it down.