No one goes downtown anymore, it’s too crowded

As we near the last couple of shopping days before Christmas, this verse of the song of the season Silver Bells came to mind:

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas
Children laughing, people passing
Meeting smile after smile
And on every street corner you hear

Of course, you hear “silver bells!”  But you may also hear in your downtown, “Arrrgh, it’s too crowded, I can’t find a place to park!”

An article from Bangor Daily News contains a lot of the issues of small town and downtown parking problems.  To me, it is a no brainer that business owners and their employees should not take parking spaces that could be filled by their customers.  Yes, customers of big box stores and malls are tolerant of cruising for parking spaces and walking long distances, but a small town downtown has the opportunity to provide a different, better customer experience and that starts with as convenient as possible parking.  Is your rock star parking space worth stifling your town’s retail development?

About Daryl Phillips, CEcD

I am a professional economic developer. I presently serve as Director of Economic & Community Development for the Cheatham County Joint Economic & Community Development Board. I am a member of International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, International Association of Business Communicators, Tennessee Economic Development Council and International Council of Shopping Centers. I have earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from National Development Council and hold a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
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