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McQUARRIE – Prince George proves free downtown parking can work

Long ago, in the days before kiosks, there was chalk. Bill McQuarrie thinks we should try it again.

LET’S BAN parking meters from downtown!  Okay, now that I have your attention let me add, I’m serious.

Parking generates approximate $1.2 million in revenue for the City.  Serious money indeed and might even cover the City’s payroll for 4 or possibly 5 days out of the year. But it is also a source of frustration for many and missed sales for downtown merchants

Besides you might be interested to know we wouldn’t be the first to abolish the long despised meter or the less than user-friendly Kamloops Parking Kiosk.  Prince George decided it would be a step in the right direction and made it part in their downtown revitalization plans.  In the process, they learned a few lessons, made some adjustments, did some fine tuning and in the end came up with a free parking system that works well.

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ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

1 Comment on McQUARRIE – Prince George proves free downtown parking can work

  1. Mr. McQuarrie:
    You are the only scribbler in Kamloops obviously not under the influence of the BC Liberal retaliatory machine…your clarity, eloquence and originality should set the standard and all it is to be highly commended!
    If we had five like you on council this City would set the standard…worldwide!

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