Wednesday, January 30, 2008

City Council to Destroy Town Square

In what has to be the dumbest fucking idea I have heard in a long time, the City Council will begin charging for parking in Town Square. News flash to all the small shops: YOU ARE FUCKED. This is only going to cause people to stop coming to the stores. Thankfully, the proposal by Councilman Piotr Gajewski (who by the way comes off as a total asshole--I guess that happens when you are an ex-commi) was rejected. In case you weren't following, he actually wanted to charge for parking until 10 pm and 7 days a week. Never mind that THERE IS NO GARAGE IN MOCO THAT DOES THAT. So what will happen? Some people will continue to go to Town Square but more will park in the West End neighborhood. (that should piss people off) The shops will start hurting. And my guess is that MoCo will take back the library in order to ensure free parking for the users of it. And another thing, IF the Rockville tax payer really is paying for the current parking (and yeah we are) is the City going to give a tax rebate based on the amount they get from the parking fees? Hell, why not end all debate. Put this up for a referendum vote. That's right, put the question on the next ballot and let the people decide. Oh that won't happen sorry readers (what few of you there are) Mr. Gajewski doesn't believe in democracy I forgot.

There may be more later but till then please give me your thoughts.


Sparow said...

I agree that at the very least, Town Square businesses need more time to establish! One of the draws to Town Square is the free parking right now, simply because it hasn't been around long enough for the attractions and businesses to be a draw--nobody knows what's there yet!

I understand that there may be a gap in funds--and I'm certainly no accountant or politician...but I fear that moving to paid parking at this point may doom these businesses (and it is absolutely stupid to even think that it would be a good idea to fleece the county out of I right that that was that man's only real reason for wanting fees on Saturday? Because there was still "money on the table" from the county, who was willing to reimburse for library parking even on Saturday?? Unconscionable!).

I know it will certainly decrease my likelihood to visit the Town Square during the week! I'm only glad that they showed some sense at least and decided against the longer hours and weekend fees.

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