As a result of our discussions with people about the new on-street paid parking, we have come to the conclusion that there are basically three different reactions to the new rules. Most people with whom we have spoken, have announced, in no uncertain terms, that they will not come to Cooperstown during the months there is on-street paid parking. Another group has declared that, while they will come to Cooperstown for essential errands, they plan to have a driver and an errand runner. And while the errand runner is running the errands, the driver will drive around instead of parking. The third group are those who are going to purchase a parking permit. This would, from our current perspective, seem to be the smallest group based on the fact that we have, as of now, only encountered one person who has actually done this.
There is, of course, a fourth group of people, into which we tend to fall, who feel they will not be affected by paid parking. People in this group can either walk to Main Street to do whatever business they might have there or have long ago given up visiting Main Street unless it is absolutely necessary anytime of the year. And while time will no doubt tell how on street paid parking will fare, we suspect that it is this fourth group of people who will be the least troubled by it all. In this case, being able to wait to visit Main Street until the fall is a plus.
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