April 20, 2019

Parking meters will spoil downtown

Your Oct. 24 editorial on parking meters was neither well-conceived nor to the point. The concern expressed was more to the question of ambivalence on the part of the Bangor City Council than to the need for parking meters downtown.

The introduction of parking meters will do a great disservice to Bangor in two ways. First, the city already has an image of being a difficult place to park and shop and the thought of having to feed a parking meter if one comes downtown will only strengthen that image. Second, the thought of placing parking meters on the otherwise very attractive sidewalks that downtown Bangor has worked so hard to promote is, to me, ludicrous.

My wife and I have chosen to become one of an ever-growing number of families who have decided that downtown Bangor is a great place to live. One of our considerations in purchasing a home in downtown Bangor was its ambience. To us, the lack of parking meters every few feet was a positive sign that the city of Bangor was being progressive and a cut above other cites in Maine. Now it appears we are going to join the crowd.

Bangor has a great deal to offer us all. It truly is a great place to live, work, and play. Let’s keep it unique. Let’s not install parking meters downtown. Mr. Editor, I really don’t care if the Bangor City Council appears ambivalent on this issue. You shouldn’t either. John F. Collins Jr. The Franklin Place, Bangor

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