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Archive for Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Letter: Parking proposal

April 2, 2013

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To the editor:

Park and relax.

Have the city take over the vast Tanger parking lot. Install meters. The kind that let you swipe a card in and out would be nice. Then run a free shuttle in a loop with stops at the library high-rise lot, cut over to Mass., and then with stops south, around by the Courthouse, then down New Hampshire to the city lot, cutting back to Mass. with stops north, and back to Tanger.

Assured parking. No more than a half-block walk to your downtown destination. Depending on the number of buses in the loop, not much more time waiting than it takes to drive around the block a few times while you try to get the top off the antacid bottle with your teeth.

The only problem. No one wants to put their money where their whining is. Maybe if the city put in a small yoga studio with a basketball goal at the other end at the bus stops in each parking lot so people could recreate while they waited for the shuttle. I wonder if anyone makes dispensers that let you swipe your card as a deposit and get a mat or a basketball? Return and get your digital deposit back. The whole thing shouldn’t cost a penny more than the $25 million rec center in west Lawrence. Of course the annual maintenance charges could skyrocket. Still it might encourage people from out of town to spend money downtown.

Oh that’s right. They’ll all be parking their cars in East Lecompton.

Comments

somebodynew 1 year, 8 months ago

Bert, you just gave me an idea. I can park cars for the Rec Center in my yard (further east than Lecompton). Let's see $20 a pop ought to do it. Then maybe Fritzell will want to buy my property and take it over. Yeah, this sounds like a plan.

BigAl 1 year, 8 months ago

Agreed. Downtown parking is not the big problem that a lot of folks would have you believe.

jack22 1 year, 8 months ago

Bert, you're a day late with this one, April Fools was yesterday.

I think a ski lift style pedestrian pick up and drop off on every corner downtown that would stretch from 6th to 11th streets and run up and down New Hampshire and Vermont would be a much better idea. The motto could be "Reach for the sky, Lawrence has all the money in the world to spend on wacky ideas."

ChuckFInster 1 year, 8 months ago

It's actually a pretty good use for wasted space. I would do it a bit differently but not a bad concept.

jack22 1 year, 8 months ago

Have you been out there lately? The DMV and a couple other sizeable businesses have set up shop there recently and the parking lot is being well utilized by them already. Would you seriously pay money to park way out there anyway?

usesomesense 1 year, 8 months ago

I'd prefer we turn Mass street into a large canal with gondolas.

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