FOR A CITY SO CODEPENDENT on automobiles, Kamloops has a strange aversion to figuring out where to park them.
When my grandfather bought one of Kamloops’ first motorized vehicles (it was a Chevrolet Baby Grand) and test drove it around the McArthur Park race track more than a hundred years ago, parking wasn’t a problem.
Since then, though, it’s been all downhill.
Talk all you want about how people are too spoiled and should learn the benefits of walking a block, but there’s never been a time when downtown Kamloops didn’t need more parking. A new parkade hasn’t been built in close to 50 years.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.