Now we must admit that we have no idea if there are rules covering protocol for block parties, but we think we shall continue to think that, as far as we know, Cooperstown has two such events, one on Upper Pioneer Street and one on Eagle Street. And given how well both events are received by the residents of these two blocks, we are always amazed that Cooperstown does not sport more such festivities.
Needless to say, response to the new on street paid parking in the village of Cooperstown has been a topic of conversation. There has already been a fairly negative letter to The Daily Star on the topic. We have received numerous telephone calls telling us how many empty spaces there are on Main Street at any given time. The total for one afternoon was 47 empty spaces on Main Street between Chestnut and River streets. Of course, once the season is full swing we suspect that will change.
However, we do think the current village board should be credited for having done something no other village board has ever done, namely go a long way to solving the parking problem. As we have long suspected, the parking problem is actually a supply and demand problem. When the demand was high, the supply was low. But now that the village has seemingly successfully diminished demand, the supply is high. And hence there is parking available. Of course, at this point it is difficult to assess what effect overall the decrease in demand for parking might mean.
However, even though the demand for parking on Main Street seems to have dropped, one’s ability to access Main Street without parking there has not due to the trolley system. For example, a visiting family can still park all day for the amazingly low cost of two dollars. The driver simply has to drop the family off, on Main Street, then park in one of the three trolley lots, purchase a daily pass and take the trolley to Main Street.