Wow – do these folks have the wrong note. As Mark Says, stupid is as stupid does.
In Saratoga Springs, NY, the local merchants led by the chamber of commerce have begun a fight against charging for parking downtown. I don’t mean a skirmish, I mean they have declared all out war.
The Posters read:
I’m the Parking Meter that
Across the Nation. Now
I’m coming soon to
Of course this is absurd. It seems that neither side knows what they are talking about. Parking meters have saved downtowns across the nation. They have ensured that parking was available for customers, created turnover when it was needed, ensured that employees didn’t take the best spots, and in many enlightened communities, have provided funding for urban renewal and easing of downtown blight.
My guess is that if the local council would tell the merchants that the money collected would be plowed back into the downtown in the form of new streets, lighting, clean up and the like, this poster would be out of store windows in a heartbeat. Instead, I’ll bet merchants will be complaining soon about the lack of parking in the downtown area and how its destroying their business.
But, there you go.