Hollywood, FL, is planning to remove its parking meters. Why? The usual reason – they want to support downtown merchants.
Reader Mark says it as well as I:
Another city blaming parking for the woes of downtown businesses. Do you think any of these politicians have ever stopped and thought about the fact that maybe the reason people go to other places for shopping is because there are SO MANY other places to go. I read somewhere recently that the amount of retail space per capita in the US has almost tripled in the last 20 years while the amount of retail spending per capita has only increased about 15%. It’s just takes simple math to figure out what the problem is, and it sure ain’t parking.
I’m not sure I agree with is consulsions, but frankly, downtowns must begin to be more competitive. As the article says, Ft Lauderdale, Miami, and Coral Gables have on street parking charges, and don’t seem to be having a problem with their glitzy shopping areas.
I seem to remember that Hollywood is a bit, how should I say it, “caught in the 1950’s” and although deco is the way it is in Florida, a bit of an upgrade might be in order.