• The latest on parking
    July 15,2014

    The latest on parking

    Montpelier’s parking situation remains contentious, as evidenced by recent letters to The Times Argus. Most writers suggest more parking but in different, competing locations.

    Why not take a page from Montpellier, France, where cars are banned from the inner city and the streets are lined with bustling outdoor cafes? Instead of buying or building another expensive in-town parking site and installing new “smart meters,” why not buy a small fleet of nice jitneys and have people park on the outskirts, at selected sites, and ride into town for a small fee, say a quarter or so?

    Opponents of such a plan say it would “hurt business,” but that hasn’t been the case in Montpellier. There’s no good reason why our streets should be clogged with emission-producing vehicles in which frustrated drivers circle and circle looking for parking spots.

    Strat Douthat


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