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Downtown has alot of parking available and usually one can park on Mass Street or one of the east-west streets. Frankly, I'm glad parking doesn't cost $5/hr. or more like many many cities.
Some people need to lose the perception that if they can't park in front of the door of the store they want to visit, there is no parking. Those are the people who probably most NEED to walk and get some exercise.
On weekend nights, parking can be harder, but if you go a block away, for example, on 7th West of Vermont, there is usually plenty and it's about a 3 minute walk to mass. 3 minutes !
I'm with you, Meatwad. Stop being big ole babies, get out of your car and... oh wow, here's a concept... WALK!! You're wasting your lives circling 17,000 times to find THE perfect spot. Get over it already. There are MORE than enough places to park downtown.
I hope that the new Hooters will not adversely affect the parking downtown. We should all discuss this over wangs and beer.
We Americans are so spoiled. A friend of mine teaches abroad in Italy and France for KU every other year or so, staying four months each time. At the end of each assignment, she returns home to Lawrence many, many pounds lighter and in the best shape of her life....because of all the WALKING she was forced to do while overseas....for shopping, concerts, class, daily errands etc. It's a way of life over there and no surprise most Europeans don't suffer from all the health ailments many Americans do. No doubt they would rightfully mock us for making this an issue.
blue73harley said "For those who say there is plenty, I will bet that you don't go downtown during for farmers market, parades or any other special event."
OK so maybe we should build a big high-rise parking pavilion to support events that happen occasionally. Oh, wait we already did and it is hardly used. Yes, I do go downtown for those events and I might have to walk a block or two if I can't find a parking spot but I don't whine about it. Go to any major sports event or concert and see how far you have to walk from your car to the venue.
blue, yeah, I do, and guess what? We walk!! All 5 of us, even the 3 year old pounds the pavement. We're also all in good health and well within an acceptable weight range.
reagarding special events, it's real simple...
if you're one of those people who can't handle walking a few blocks, head downtown early...
I have ALWAYS found available parking downtown....ALWAYS. I don't understand why people say there isn't enough parking spots. Just b/c you can't park directly in front of the store, doesn't mean there isn't enough parking. I went downtown for plenty of events. Each and every time, I found a parking spot. People are so lazy.
The same people who complain about parking downtown are the people that drive around a parking lot looking for the spot right out front. They waste 15 mins driving in circles. They don't want to park in the back and walk. sad so sad
I immediately go to the garage. First time, every time, since it was built. I've never not found plenty of available spots. Screw the driving around for 20 minutes.
It's also amazing how willing people are to walk 400 feet from their car to the WalMart door, half a mile walking around inside, and 400 feet back out. It doesn't count if it's in a parking lot?
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