Thursday, January 27, 2011

Another Johnson City Downtown Idea

Let's see.  Downtown Johnson City has been declining for years.   Although, I blogged a month or two ago, that there seems to be a little improvement:  thanks, no less, to a Wal-Mart opening a mile or so away, I really can't see much else happening.

So finally there is an idea floated:  free parking.

Two hours worth.  Long enough to shop, or eat.
Of course, if a certain election issue had been passed, there wouldn't even be a Johnson City right now.  Pick, pick, pick.

Free parking would be nice.  Even nicer would be a downtown where people feel safe in walking.  Or working.  But, it's a start.  If you get people downtown, then momentum may build, and that day of a safe downtown may come.  (the only question is-Endicott thought of this years ago, why did it take the trustees so long?)

I wonder if the Wal-Mart effect is working.  I could really dream, and hope that some of those nice historic buildings downtown get renovated.....one day.  But as they say, long journeys start with a single step.  Or, parking space, if you will.

So, trustees, what about it?  Are you going to vote free parking in?

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