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Paying Dearly For Free Parking

February 3, 2014

How can downtowns compete with suburban shopping centers and their acres of free parking? Provide the same. Just remove parking meters and make way for an influx of retailers and customers....

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Feb-04-14 7:12 AM

Just what a city trying to attract middle class 30-somethings with young families needs, an antiques mall.

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Feb-04-14 6:20 AM

Nothing even remotely scares me downtown, I find it appealing, many areas are very attractive. There are a few merchandise businesses but clearly the restaurants/pubs, theater, & museums/galleries are the major attractions. Parking is great... easy to find a spot and the downtown is very compact so can park just about anywhere & walk. I'd love to see something like the antiques mall in Salamanca.

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Feb-04-14 4:34 AM

Rodrickson,priceless! False facades,drugs,crime,and people loitering, smoking and blocking doorways are some of the things that discourage foot traffic,not the lack of or abundance of parking meters.

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Feb-03-14 4:51 PM

The last time I tried going into the upscale shoe boutique on North Main, i was surprised to discover it was just a poorly-drawn sketch on the side of a piece of slate.

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Feb-03-14 4:40 PM

Where is there to shop downtown? There are no stores. You have no clothing, grocery, drug stores, or places to get everyday items. So what is the reason for going there?

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Feb-03-14 2:31 PM

A large part of employees park on the meter spots. If the ramp offered an area of free parking to downtown employees, it might be worth the cost and free up some of the closer spaces.

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Feb-03-14 10:24 AM

If Downtown had a larger, more affluent residential population with businesses catering to downtown residents, there would be more foot traffic and on street parking would be less of an issue. The downtown residential population is increasing and if the trend continues maybe the author's ideal can be realized. But in the meantime, most of downtown businesses are supported by customers coming into town in cars and the city should be doing everything it can to make it convenient for them.

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Feb-03-14 7:23 AM

I think the free parking zone is wonderful. I utilize them every time I come to down and it makes it so much easier for quick trips for errands or shopping. Please keep them.

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Feb-03-14 7:14 AM

Give me a reason to shop downtown first

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Feb-03-14 6:54 AM

It isn’t so much about the parking, but about the hours and selections. For me, the hours are the biggest problem. The stores are not open when a working person is able to shop. I’m not going to be downtown between 7am and 6pm. Maybe the number of people who actually WORK in Chautauqua County is so low it doesn’t matter?

Also, the stores downtown don’t sell the items I am usually shopping for.

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Feb-03-14 6:11 AM

With all due respect to the authors, doesn't this piece belong on an opinion or op-ed page, not in the "news" section? At least that's where it's showing up online.

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