Newark, Ohio’s Current Parking Problem – Or The Lack Thereof.

Newark, Ohio has a perceived parking problem, not a real one. People that think Newark, Ohio has a problem, have never seen a parking problem. The problem is not parking, it’s laziness.

Recently Newark, Ohio removed their parking enforcement. The police are left to enforce parking. The union is in an uproar at this horrible, horrible thought that officers have to right traffic tickets. It’s parking pandemonium.

My issue? There’s plenty of parking. You probably will not find a space right in front of where you need to be, but you will find parking within leisurely walking distance. There is a huge gravel parking area behind the south side of the square, a parking garage, and on-street parking.

I do think that more spaces should be freed up for the elderly and handicapped. That’s right, just being elderly should get you a pass. Most folks I know that are complaining are simply to lazy. There is no solution for the downtown area that will allow everyone to park directly in front of their business of choice.

Businesses complaining that they lose business due to parking have no basis for their theory. If this were true, how would a mall ever stay in business? You must walk to every store there. Don’t put your claims of losses on the back of the city’s parking policy. If your customer was not willing to walk a couple of hundred yards, they probably weren’t that interested in your business. Save your energy for improving your business on this non-issue.

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