Urbana discourages downtown patronage

Letter to Editor published in News-Gazette 13 November 2006

When one enters the fancy iron gates of the Lincoln Square Village parking lot, paid for by tax dollars, it does not say “city parking lot.” There are no meters and the signs posting “head in parking only” are rather high. No one would ever expect to be ticket-ed in a mall parking lot for shopping too long or for the odd request of “head in park-ing only” to the tune of a $15 ticket.

If their goal is to discourage patrons to those businesses, they have succeeded. One woman told me that the ticket was a deciding factor in not choosing a store in the mall to register for her wedding gifts. “Why would I do this to my friends and family?” she asked. Why would the city do this to its residents and businesses is also a good question.

Andrea Antulov
Urbana

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