Sam Adams has been pushing metered parking in neighborhood business districts. His pitch is that is it not only helps support improved livability but that it also increases sales by encouraging more turnover (and he has studies to back it up). Even after all the scar tissue I accumulated trying to make meters part of the failed parking plan in NW Portland, I’m generally in agreement with Sam’s sentiments.
But it doesn’t seem to be going down well. Thursday’s O has a brief blurb (not online) about a study by the St. Johns business association saying there is no need for metered parking (parking is not saturated, so there’s no turnover benefit). And there’s a longer piece in this week’s Mercury about active opposition forming on Hawthorne.
You’re going to have to sell harder, Sam!