Re: editorial, “Downtown core is just fine, other than the parking.”
Thank you, Mel. The perceived problem that the media wanted out there really isn’t a problem. There is more than meets the eye… the bakery didn’t move because of bylaws or parking, the restaurant is changing not closing, the VV is moving to a larger location because of their success downtown.
Thank you for recognizing the opportunities coming up, the amazing and committed shops and service downtown and the KCBIA and volunteers who are working each day to enhance downtown.
Yes, there is a parking issue… its a parking perception issue. If you could find stalls everywhere you went it would likely mean the town was struggling. People will park further away for the mall but get frustrated when they can’t park in front of their Victoria Street business. You don’t find spots along Robston Street in Vancouver.
Yes, those kiosks are sometimes slow, but give them patience and don’t push eight buttons at once. A vibrant downtown may require a little more attention from the city and its citizens but its the downtown core that makes a city unique, distinct and ultimatley an attraction for our arts, culture and unique shopping… it is the heart and soul of a proud city.