Friday, August 13, 2010

Parking is expensive

Parking is expensive
Originally uploaded by knittingbrow
Recently the city of Columbus has changed parking meters in the Short North area. This is a picture of the newly rated meter on Goodale Ave next to Goodale Park. A quarter for 20 minutes, three hours maximum, enforced until 10 pm. This is a meter that used to be 12 hour meter for about 3 bucks.

Why do I care? I'll be enjoying working with the Columbus Children's Theatre's production of the Dinosaur Musical in the fall. I'll be trying to park close to the theatre and will end up being in the area for 4-5 hours. The evening performances start at 7:30 but families come early for dinner. 3 hours isn't enough time.

I have to be at the theater at least one hour early and stay about an hour after performances. This makes it very difficult to visit the Short North.

Pay attention City of Columbus. I wouldn't be surprised I businesses suffer because of this rate change. It is no longer coat effective for me to do my work in the theatre. No parking, difficult parking and expensive parking. I don't want this to be three strikes and I'm out.

1 comment:

Sue said...

I wish ours was 75 cents for an hour! lol I guess it's all what you are used to. Here the parking meters downtown (depending on what area of downtown you are in) are anywhere from 1.50 to 3.50 per hour. They usually have a 2 to 3 hour limit. They are only enforced until 8 pm. So you see, it could be worse. >.>
I can understand your frustration though. Having to move your car or going to feed the meter after 3 hours will be a pain in the butt. Are there any parking garages close by? I know here people use parking garages often if they are going to be longer than the 2 or 3 hours that meters are limited to.

I hope you can find a solution before fall.