This is the farmers market last Saturday. There is a lot of equipment, and destruction downtown for construction of the light rail line. There are roads closed and it is kind of a mess but it needs to be done. I rode my bike to the farmers market so I didn't have any trouble and there is ample parking around the market for cars or bikes.
I have been keeping up on the construction and I know which roads are open but I don't get the parking. The
city had put hoods on a large number of parking meters in the lowertown area. There doesn't seem to be any construction or construction equipment any where near the meters and they leave the hoods on twenty four hours a day seven days a week. I would think that it would help downtown merchants if people could at least park on the street in the evening and on the weekends. Why not take the hoods off between projects, at the end of the day or on weekends?
Each time I go down there I think to myself why don't they just close downtown and get it over with? There has to be a better way for us to all get along and live in harmony. Putting bright red hoods on the meters and just leaving them there might not be the best way to encourage people enjoy downtown after hours and on weekends.
I seldom see any construction work being done after hours and there isn't construction anywhere near many of the hooded meters. I know there are parking ramps and lots but for short term parking meters on the street are so much more convenient. The meters cost 25 cents a second (slight exaggeration for effect) the city has to be missing all of that revenue by now. They could count on a couple of hundred each year just from my parking tickets.