• 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

    Plainfield

    MORE IN Letters

    I am the town of Plainfield’s representative on the Board of Supervisors of the Central... Full Story

    Doubts on divestment

    Governor Shumlin says the next strategy in his war on climate... Full Story

    By the time this letter comes to print, some dust may have settled following this past... Full Story

    More Articles
  •  
     
    • MEDIA GALLERY 
    • VIDEOS
    • PHOTOS