Letters to the Editor

Increased parking rates upset shoppers

To the Editor,

Re: Meter parking makes cents, Editorial, July 8.

In this nickel-and-diming city, I get a kick out of you people who keep telling me I won’t miss 50 cents here, a dollar there.

To suggest making the poor poorer by price-gouging is typical Nanaimo hick talk. Nanaimo fantasizes about being Vancouver. Try making Commercial Street buses-only like Granville Street blocks.

Neil Saunders


To the Editor,

Re: Parking plan targets downtown parkades, July 3.

If the bylaw department checked vehicles more often downtown, then people probably would not park longer than the two-hour limit.

If you take that away and increase rates, you will upset customers and owners of businesses, for sure.

Also, living close to downtown, I do not want to see workers or shoppers come and park in my neighbourhood where they may not respect the signs here. Bylaw officers seem to come around only if there are complaints, which is not good enough.

Don’t discourage Nanaimoites from shopping downtown, especially with more new stores and restaurants now. There are also some nice events in the summer.

Linda Lagrotteria


To the Editor,

Re: Parking plan targets downtown parkades, July 3.

It is an acknowledged fact that governments of all level generate no money, but collect from those who do generate money.

The city is suddenly slavering over the possibility of taxing another $850,000 a year from taxpayers by amending the downtown parking system.

Nanaimo may not have the best system, but with some adjustments it is a working system, and does not require a $750,000 overhaul.

Envision a shopper coming downtown, paying $872,000 to park, then finding no money to shop.

Is not money better in the tills of the merchants than in city coffers?

D.F. Connors
via e-mail

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