New Castle News

February 8, 2014

City parking meters put off customers

Lisa Madras
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

No wonder downtown New Castle is struggling to get businesses open.

It doesn’t take long to realize that the storefronts are empty. The revitalization money produced lovely lamp posts, flower containers, crosswalks, parks, etc., but one quickly notices that the streets are lined with parking meters.

Recently, I went downtown to support a new little shop that had opened on one of the side streets. I parked, put a quarter in the meter and entered the store. I was away from my car for 10 minutes tops. When I returned, I had a $6 ticket on the window.

The meter police must have been hiding and waiting to ambush. When I visited the parking department, I was told that I had not pressed the button to indicate which space I was occupying.

In icy cold weather, who takes time to get down and read the small print? I have always put my money in the meter and moved on without having to press any buttons.

I believe that the city should work a little harder on getting businesses downtown and forget about parking meters. New businesses need some breaks to keep going.

Barbara Brown

East Maitland Lane

New Castle