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?