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July 11, 2013

Our Readers' Opinions

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There is nothing to procure in the village that cannot be found more easily and cheaper elsewhere and most of the business on Main Street is aimed at the visitors who create a tawdry and unpleasant atmosphere. It is unfair that so few cash in at the expense of so many.

Perhaps the Chamber of Commerce should share the bed tax with the village rather than encourage more traffic to exacerbate the problems already here.

Steve Shauger

Cooperstown

Saddened by paid parking battles

I have been following, with varying degrees of skepticism and sadness, the attack on the village trustees’ enactment of paid parking in downtown Cooperstown. While I will have been here 23 years this August, I realize I probably still qualify as a “newbie.”

I live on Leatherstocking, too close to Main Street to not be embarrassed at the notion of buying a permit and driving every time I need to go downtown, and I’ve never run a business, although my father was a retailer in Watertown for more than 40 years. I feel that some of the complaints, especially those that cite quotations without sources, are not only a bit premature, but inciting.

My dog and I walk around the village a good deal and I’ve made a habit of frequenting Main Street since Memorial Day. For the first week, the days between Memorial Day and the Friday that followed, Main Street was close to empty. But then the Dreams Park opened and I’ve seen very few open spaces, save Friday mornings, since then. I dare say that paid parking is not scaring away the tourists.

As far as locals eschewing downtown to shop elsewhere, which appears to have become the heart of the complaint of the merchants, that may be true, but the trustees, and of course, the mayor, have increased the number of free 15-minute spots available on Pioneer.Since my wife and I came here in 1990, two complaints have been paramount among locals; taxes are too high and “ya can’t park downtown in the summer.” Over the past decade, “the streets are in horrible shape” has been added to the chorus. The logical conclusion to draw from these three axioms is that we need to fix the streets and, since parking places are at a premium during the summer, let’s rent them instead of giving them away. This is, of course, just what the trustees decided to do.

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