Here’s the Thing

So here are some questions, based on a parking conversation that was going on with and around City Councilman Mike Shepherd and Evergreen Trophies’ Joe Hudson.

Shepherd was saying that parking is way down the list of reasons people go to a place to shop. First, he said, they want the thing (the thing being the thing they want to buy), and next they want the collateral things (stuff they want in addition to the thing), and so it goes. Whether the parking is free is down the list of priorities. Bremerton’s biggest problem, he said, is that it doesn’t have the thing or the collateral stuff.

Hudson doesn’t quite disagree, but asks if parking is low priority, how come Edmonds runs radio ads touting its “free parking.” He also asks how having people pay for parking will help downtown businesses?

So, what’s the bigger deterrent? If you really are in the mood for Smiley’s or Goodies, is the fact that you’re going to have to pay a couple quarters going to send you to Silverdale instead?

Or will you be bothered more when you have a host of things to do and you know the city will only allow you to park your car for two hours before you get a ticket?

One thought on “Here’s the Thing

  1. Are they seriously arguing about this? People don’t go downtown because there is no reason to go downtown. Right now the big attractions are all restaurants. No offense intended to the artists of Bremerton, but I don’t ever want to see another art gallery open downtown. That isn’t what it needs. It needs grocery stores, actual retailers, movie theatres, something. However, I would also think that the city should try and keep in mind the whole notion of trying to attract people downtown. Free parking is always appealing, and charging for it just because you can is just bad business.

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