According to the local paper, Lawrence KS has a problem. The merchants are complaining that they can’t keep good employees if they have to park in the local structure and can’t park on street and overstay the meter. It seems that these employees are starting to get $50 fines after having five citations in a month and this is unfair. After all, these poor folks have to walk a couple of blocks to work and it can be dangerous. Read all about it here.
I’m a tad overwhelmed by this story. These merchants are concerned about their employees. Shouldn’t they also be concerned about their customers? If I ran a store in downtown Lawrence I would fire any employee that parked in a space that was convenient and close. I would tell them that close spaces are for the people that pay their salaries.
As for safety – as Mark points out, that is a different issue and needs to be addressed. I assume that people don’t come down town to shop because they are afraid to do so. If the employees are afraid to walk two blocks to get to their cars, then wouldn’t a potential customer be fearful also. Seems like a police problems, not a parking problem.