I don't understand the city and business leaders' obsession with paid parking in downtown Olympia.
Aside from the difficulty of the current kiosk system, what is it about the recently reported statistics that they don’t get?
During August through February, only 39 percent of the parking spaces downtown were taken. This compares to over 80 percent that were occupied prior to the installation of the pay stations.
I don’t need a Nobel Prize in economics to understand that each parked car downtown represents some economic activity about to take place, be it a latte at B&B’s or a pair of shoes at Buena Venture.
Yet, there’s this fixation on charging people to park under the mistaken belief it will not affect business.
Good luck with that.
Meanwhile, I seldom go downtown any more during the week. I prefer to go where parking is free.
Obviously, I’m not alone.