The Kittleman Administration is considering getting rid of the parking meters on Main Street in Ellicott City, as you can read about in this article. Well, this is just a pro-business slam dunk, isn't it? And moreover, a flexing of the muscles of the super-business-friendly Kittleman Administration against the liberal, parking app-designing excesses of Ken Ulman and Co.
(I will say, the parking app was a bit bizarre.)
Anyway, not so fast, my friends. Because as the article describes, business owners in Main Street are split. Some like the idea of getting rid of the meters, some are opposed, some want to see another system of revenue collection on Main Street-- they like the meters but the way they work is less than optimal.
And of course, while folks are busy gripping about the meters, let's not forget something important. There is still lots of free parking available in Ellicott City, every single bit of it an easy, short walk to all of Main Street's excellent merchants and attractions. And I have yet to meet the individual who, having been frustrated in the search for free parking on Main Street, instead had to suck it up and park at a meter.
And yet, the relatively simple proposition that seems to be the favorite among Main Street business owners, which would be to change the collection system for the meters-- that doesn't seem to be on the Kittleman radar. And why not? Because instituting another collection system would cost money? Well, heck, removing them costs money, too!
And I think that the notion that removing the Main Street meters makes Ellicott City more "business friendly" is laughable. Any downtown business district worth its salt charges for parking. Wait, you said? Downtown Columbia doesn't charge for parking?
I rest my case.
Let's be careful out there.
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