Downtown New Albany merchants discuss parking; Two-hour parking restrictions relaxed.Non-enforcement is a persistent New Albanian way of life, but in this instance, it's being openly announced.
Many customers are having problems finding open parking spaces, and England said it’s an issue he is ready to address. He said two-hour parking regulations downtown along Market and Pearl streets have been lifted until further notice. He also said business owners and their employees need to park in paid city lots and not in front of store fronts.
“You’ve created a vibrant business area. People from Floyds Knobs and Louisville are coming downtown,” England told the business owners. “I have ordered the police department not to do anything in a four-block radius when it comes to parking. We want you all to police your own parking.”
My personal view is that it would be easier to train your cat not to chase mice than it is to succeed in convincing employees not to take the best customer parking spaces; it's generational, and hard-wired in their DNA. It's also never been an issue for me to walk a few blocks to get where I'm going. Then again, as often reminded, I'm "lucky" to be able to do that.
And, I live in Midtown.
Do we have any agreement on the best way forward for downtown parking, including business, pleasure and residential? What is being suggested by merchant self-enforcement?
If you have thoughts, please air them. There's something about this topic that confuses me, but I can't quite decide why that is.