When we are told we can’t meet, can’t go to restaurants, can’t go the theaters, can’t travel and must work from home, where does that leave our cars? Well one place they aren’t is in parking garages.
I’m told that in many cities, garages are simply empty. That may not affect the monthly business, certainly not for a few weeks, but the daily parkers who foot the bill for most parking operations are nonexistent.
So now what?
A colleague remembers 9/11. There were a few weeks of similar shutdowns. There was the Northridge Earthquake in Los Angeles. The city was reduced to a crawl. This isn’t the first time this has happened, and won’t be the last.
The biggest issue is that we are in uncharted territory now. Whereas the problems after 9/11 were short lived (less than a month), we don’t even have a feel for how long this is going to last. Whether or not the timing is reasonable, or the virus is as deadly or virulent as stated, it makes no difference. Action that affects our lives is being taken at every level. Its easy to close a restaurant, but just how easy is it to open one later. Just who is going to say “OK, its safe to go out now.”
In the meantime, garages continue to be empty. What to do?
My advice, unsolicited as it is, is to move slowly. We are in early days. We don’t know yet how effective the ‘shutdowns’ will be. If they are extremely effective, then the crisis may be short lived. Don’t make long term decisions. Take it a week or two at a time.
Talk to your vendors. Work together to find solutions to the supply chain problems in which we find ourselves. A postponement might be better than a cancellation. A panic cancel of an order might mean a disaster for you a few weeks down the line.
In other words, let’s not take this lying down. Dylan Thomas reminded us to
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.