Monday, 11 April 2016 15:50

Park it Here!

To The Editor:

 

The dedicated parking garage that the city adopted last night is well thought out, makes a lot of sense and will help this city greatly. 

 

I just don’t get what all the controversy is about.

 

Especially one that divides a parcel of land and stretches over a street, oh my, it will look just like an airport! And everyone LOVES airports because they are so gorgeous. 

 

And the best part about a dedicated parking garage is that it will keep people from parking in town - isn¹t that what we want? Because if people don¹t park in town then no one would walk by any of the stores and buy something we don’t want any out-of-towners to buy something in our stores do we? That would hurt businesses - you know foot traffic is AWFUL for downtown businesses. 

 

And I’m so glad that we are building this garage before any other methods are explored about how to make parking more efficient in our city, just think of all the money we will save by not exploring the revenue generating aspects - almost any other city in this country has parking meters! We are building this garage before virtually any bike lanes or pedestrian enhancements or mass transportation options have been explored and that’s a real good thing. TEN MILLION dollars will go a long way in beatifying this city with a glorious parking garage!

 

This city has had a lot of good ideas, but the best one by far is to alleviate parking problems with a single-use parking garage. I mean, it seems that the whole country conspired to get rid of them except Saratoga Springs, and I’m so glad this city has held out. 

 

There is nothing more beautiful and helpful to our city as a single use-parking garage. I mean, we have several of them throughout the city and I never hear people say that they came to Saratoga for the wonderful restaurants, or the water, or the nightlife but I ALWAYS hear them say that they think the parking garages are the best things about Saratoga, some even say that they are better than the museums in Paris. Really!

 

The placement just couldn’t be better -I just love it! instead of extending High Rock Park in an area of the city that needs it, the parking garage will simply cut the view and sun off from the park and the Mouzon House. NOW that is progress if I’ve ever seen it AND it’s just one block from Broadway! 

 

As far as resident’s complaints: Who needs them anyway? All they do is complain and get in the way of last century’s progress! 

 

I LOVE parking garages! They are like a flower or a sunset - truly magic to behold. So count me in as converted – hallelujah! I’m a believer in parking garages. As a matter of fact - I will GIVE my money to build it. 

 

Charlie Samuels

Saratoga Springs

 

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