Letter: Downtown parking
I am writing to ask our community to please be more considerate when parking in the downtown area. As we all know, parking is a hot topic almost everywhere you go, but especially in areas where it is limited and valuable.
Having parking available for your customers can literally make or break your business and is crucial to the location in which you choose to house your storefront. I am fortunate now that my store is located up near the 10th block of Grand Avenue to have convenient and adequate parking, but never-the-less, we occasionally have had some major disruptions and frustrations face us.
For example, this is about the sixth time we have had someone (not customers of our store or any other businesses nearby) park their trailer/car with a “Yard Sale” sign and arrow outside of our store front, taking up both of our two spaces, on a Saturday when we are open for business and they leave it there all day. It completely baffles me as to why someone would do this and how inconsiderate it is.
I have elderly, handicapped and young mothers who all frequent my store, and being able to offer these parking spots to them is very important not only to them, but to me. With this crazy time of major construction, I am asking to please just be a little more aware of how you can support your downtown businesses and not hurt them. We are all in this together and can make our downtown a beautiful, thriving and compassionate atmosphere.