In just a month since the new parking meters have gone in Downtown to increase revenue for the City, we have seen weekday foot traffic decrease an estimated 10-15%. Apparently, just like the seniors affected in this article, there exists a whole class of people who would probably rather stay away from Downtown rather than pay a meter fee. Before the meters, on-street parking was hard to come by, but not impossible. I imagine the folks that would rove around looking for a spot are now preferring to stay away rather than pay or go into a parking deck.
I wonder if the revenue gained by the City will outstrip the business lost from these customers who used to park Downtown for quick visits like a stop to the Bakery.