Paid parking is madness
To those members of the local government who care about the economic future of Cooperstown and the maintenance of its character:
Has Town Hall gone mad here?! Do you not realize that you are cutting off your noses to bring in village income? Do you not care about your businesses — the ones that have been struggling to stay open during these hard economic times?! What new businesses in their right minds would want to move into an area where parking is a LUXURY??
Is there someone in charge who thinks he/she is in the big city and wants to transform a charming village into a cold metropolis? Madness!!
As a regular visitor to Cooperstown over the course of many years and one who had seriously considered moving here and who has always been able to enjoy a stroll up and down the main streets while looking in shops and visiting the museum, I was appalled today, on my first visit since instituted, to find that I must pay a MINIMUM of $2 to park on the street — ditto for the public parking lots, which I am doubly appalled to see, as the intent of most PUBLIC lots is to serve the PUBLIC and get cars off the main thoroughfares. Since I had packages too heavy and large to carry any distance, I had no choice but to pay the fee. But let me assure you, this will be the last time I will come to the main part of the village during my current four day stay. Your businesses will not be the only losers, as you will be realizing less sales tax as well as building visitor animosity.
I, too, live in a small town that swells by 50,000 to 60,000 in summer (East Hampton, NY), but we do not charge for any parking other than in special long term parking lots. And this is true in the rest of the “Hamptons,” as well. Instead, time limits are strictly enforced and revenue is gained by ticketing overtime stays. This is much more egalitarian, as locals and visitors can still freely and FOR FREE do their errands while the town makes extra revenue from those who don’t abide by the rules and from more sales tax being paid because people are actually encouraged to shop rather than being deterred.