OPINION: Boise needs a better parking plan to keep customers, stores Downtown

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Boise needs a better parking plan to keep customers, stores Downtown

Post by oneopinion » Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:51 am

As a Downtown business owner, I fear the current proposal to raise prices and fines, extend enforcement hours to 8 p.m. during the week and charge for Saturday parking is going to kill business as patrons simply opt out of Downtown altogether.

We need to make parking more affordable, available and accessible for business owners, employees and, especially, residents of Boise who are increasingly discouraged from visiting Downtown due to parking difficulties and costs.

Some businesses and customers have made an exodus from Downtown, choosing spots in Eagle and Meridian, like The Village. This new proposal does not encourage great, vibrant businesses to stay or come to Downtown Boise, nor does it work toward an invigorated Downtown that the community will want to visit. Unfortunately, it will do the opposite.

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