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Lose parking, and you lose downtown

Dear Editor,

Three cheers for the insightful and perceptive suggestions from Gary and Monica Miller and Phil and Joan Anderson regarding the location of the Glenwood Springs Fire Department and our town’s parking woes.

It is our hope and plea that the City Council will not give any serious consideration to the relocation plan, which would move the Fire Department to the corner of 9th and Cooper, effectively eliminating approximately 65 parking places.

We are among those who love Glenwood Springs and live here by choice. Part of the allure and charm of our highly rated small town is its unique downtown array of shops.

One doesn’t have to travel far in our country to recognize that viable downtowns are rapidly becoming an endangered species. Too many of what were the once-flourishing commerce centers in the small towns of America have been replaced with boarded-up, decaying storefronts. Our concern is that this will become Glenwood’s fate.

It doesn’t take rocket science to see the connection between the loss of seven downtown stores and the lack of parking spaces.

Perhaps you too have observed the game “musical cars” played by volunteers at the Methodist Church as they’re forced to move their cars before the two-hour parking limit is up (even though they weren’t ready to leave).

Doesn’t all of this seem quite evident that our town needs more parking, not less? If Glenwood Springs is to have a healthy and robust downtown, we have to be able to park there just as we can easily park (for free) at any shopping center in America.

Please, city planners, don’t allow the Fire Department location to deplete any of our precious parking places. Listen carefully to those suggestions given by the Millers and the Andersons.

Laura Wright

Marge Stewart

Dale Snearly

Marilyn Wright

Dorothy Snearly

Jim Wright

Rudy Ralff

Frances Ralff

Mickie O’Donnell

Patricia Hamburg

Darrell Stanley

Morris Buckmaster

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