Is it time for Midland to remove parking meters and sell them to other municipalities or sell them for scrap? Do parking meters still accomplish anything? Do they curtail shoppers who could go to box stores where there is always free parking? Has the parking meter era past its prime?
Can the parking authority show taxpayers that meters are still essential and still serve a useful service?
There is no doubt that downtown shop keepers and their staff would naturally park as close as they could to their place of employment. Not certain if that wouldn’t be fair but maybe they realize the value of leaving those spaces open for each other’s customers – whom they share. Maybe workers would be required to use a staff only parking lot near First Street or Midland Avenue. Only one of the lots could be designated as such. Just thinking out loud.
What do you think? Are we hurting our downtown or making enough in coin to offset any impact?