Change in downtown parking in Elkhart appears permanent

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 Posted 1/2/2013 12:44:47 AM
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Change in downtown parking in Elkhart appears permanent
Change in downtown parking in Elkhart appears permanent
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 Posted 1/2/2013 12:47:06 AM
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I will cast my vote for the next mayoral candidate who promises to get rid of this foolishness.  Until then, we're stuck with what the king did.
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 Posted 1/2/2013 1:27:03 AM
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It's been a great change.  Anyone who says otherwise doesn't go downtown.  Yes the thing around the PO is not ideal but it wasn't ideal before the change either.  It took some courage to look past the boo-birds and keep this pro-business parking structure.  
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 Posted 1/2/2013 1:35:49 AM
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That must be why half the spaces are always empty.  Because so many are flocking downtown to the non-existant businesses there and to park in front of them. 
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 Posted 1/2/2013 5:31:48 AM
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Business owners are hearing from the customers who still come in about how great the angled parking is. Obviously, the people who are now avoiding downtown Elkhart will not be on hand to tell them how awful it is.

So this whole story about how great it is seems a bit.... flawed.
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 Posted 1/2/2013 5:33:03 AM
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I have found in my years on this earth that some  people are always resistant to change, whether it is for the greater good or not.  The backing thing is a problem sometimes, but I have personally seen cars hit pulling out of parallel parking spaces also.  Backing into traffic means that people backing and the people coming down the street have to be more vigilant and careful in their driving.  I can see a problem however in piling the snow at the curb.  I remember as a child how hard it was for me and adults to climb over the huge piles of snow trying to get to the sidewalk from their cars.  It must be moved in a timely manner!  TIMELY!  I can see from the pictures that even a little snow can cause a problem with mounds of snow and slush to navigate.  Imagine if you will how much worse it will be with a snowfall double what the one in the picture shows.

Edited: 1/2/2013 5:35:56 AM by ltjomefdr
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 Posted 1/2/2013 5:42:07 AM
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At least when you pull out of parallel parking, you can SEE what is coming. Good luck with that in angled parking if there is a van or SUV next to you!

Change is not always bad, but it is not always good either.
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 Posted 1/2/2013 7:30:02 AM
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This was an idea way past due. I managed a shop downtown before Street-scape 2002-2003  and after it was finished we re-opened. I had many complaints as to the parking consistently since then, my consignors  and customers would drive on by and circle the block and call me to cancel appointments  or complain because they didn't want to park off Main Street and carry in their antiques, or collectables.  I also was a Realtor and our office was on Main Street, early 90's I rarely met with my clients in the office because for years the parking left a lot to be desired and frustrated many of my clients. I was very excited about the River Walk and also the changes downtown, but retail has not done well. I would have hoped for a few anchor stores, retail that may have reinvigorated shopping downtown Elkhart, but banks and small business, and professional offices are what are predominately downtown and with that many employees and also with these professional services we needed to do this change for the people who are working downtown and also running the business's so that their clients and customers have a place to park. I called the Downtown Association, Mayor's office and sent out emails in 2010 about the lack of parking and the issues it created for my customers and I know other business's are relieved to see this change  because it made sense to do something a very long time ago. Progress and change is a necessary when the landscape changes and it did 10 fold in the last two decades and it's ascetically a more beautiful downtown with  generous parking now.

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I like the angled parking.  I think it's easier to maneuver, provides many more spaces and looks more attractive. 

I drive downtown to the post office at least once a day (most of the time two times a day). 

I've noticed the traffic moves slower (even if it is to drive more defensively)....bottom line it appears safer to park and walk downtown.
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 Posted 1/2/2013 2:25:01 PM
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