Improved traffic flow and parking (especially in downtown and along the southern entrance to the village), more green spaces, and improved access to the downtown area for pedestrians and bicyclists will improve the ``live-ability’’ of our village for us, and will improve the experience of visitors who come here throughout the year.
Jeff’s experience, personal qualities, and character make him uniquely qualified to provide Cooperstown with excellent leadership and vision as we work to solve these problems and move into the future.
Jeanne and John Dewey
Parking is a problem and a resource
Candidates for political office usually express a predictable ideological viewpoint. I was therefore surprised by Alton Dunn’s analysis of the parking issue printed in last week’s paper. Mr. Dunn states that ``parking is a problem, not a resource.’’
In fact, it is both. The act of finding a space and then squeezing your car into it may be a problem during the summer in Cooperstown, but ``parking’’ is also shorthand for the physical space required to store your vehicle. Understood this way, parking is a land resource.
The scarcity of this resource in the downtown area is exactly why finding a space to park in the summer is a problem. Economists would describe the parking problem as demand for space exceeding supply.
Whether or not parking spaces are owned publicly or privately, the principles of economics still apply. In a free market, when demand for a commodity, in this case parking space, exceeds supply, its price is expected to increase to its market clearing level, which is the price where supply and demand find equilibrium. If prices shoot too high, demand will fall short of the quantity supplied. Thus, when the trustees put a price on parking in the Doubleday lot two summers ago, they soon found that it was too high during June, i.e., too many empty spaces or not enough demand, so they dropped the price last year to encourage more usage.