That was my thought when I parked on Court Street in downtown Salem (Oregon) about a week ago, looked up the block, and noticed that something had changed.
Want to visit? Shop... dine... do business... just hang out. Feel free. See an empty space; pull in; park; for as long as you want.
Reminds me of the small community where I grew up. This is the vibe that downtown Salem needs to build on -- a relaxing small town feel with exciting large town amenities.
I was surprised by how much better Court Street looked without the parking limit signs. Guess we get so used to visual pollution, it's difficult to imagine living without it.
So thanks to the Stop Parking Meters Downtown folks for beautifying Salem.
Their citizen initiative that the City Council adopted not only banned parking meters, but also most parking limits. I enjoy seeing the "We Won!" placards displayed in downtown businesses.
A few days ago I was pleased to see a letter to the editor in the Statesman Journal that echoed my view of the new city streetscape. We think alike, Mr. James.
I noticed on my way to work on Oct. 23, city public works staff removing the two-hour parking limit signs in the downtown Salem core.
Without making any judgment as to whether the policy change is visionary or foolhardy (I suppose only time will tell), the immediate impact of reducing the visual pollution of what seemed like hundreds of 18-by-24-inch green-and-white two-hour parking limit signs was actually quite astonishing.
Perhaps this will, by itself, add to the economic vitality of the downtown core. We can only hope.
It certainly looks more inviting.