More pre-paid parking would help Downtown

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It would be helpful if there was a regulation asking all parking garages in the city to permit pre-payment on weekend evenings when there is a flat charge for parking.

My wife and I parked our car in the Macy’s garage on Cherry Way between Third and Fourth Avenue, a block from Grant Street, on Saturday evening. There was a sign in the payment lobby offering an escort service if needed. We asked the gentleman working there if we could pre-pay our parking as there was a flat $5 charge, but he said we could not. We went around the corner to a restaurant on Fourth Avenue for dinner.

Unfortunately, my wife and I had an unpleasant experience when we returned to the garage. A young man followed us to the payment lobby and asked my wife for “$2 for a cab.” Luckily, when my wife told him no and we left the payment area, he did not follow us. We quickly got in our car and drove out of the garage and while I was driving, my wife called 911 and gave the information to the operator.

It would be helpful if the sign in the garage office offering escort service indicated the times when the service is available in the garage. It would also have helped if we could have pre-paid our flat rate parking without jeopardizing our exit from the lot a few hours later.

The parking authority may want to look into these types of incidents and decide if something should be done to mitigate risk perceived by people visiting Downtown in the evenings on weekends.

Franklin Park

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