Malls have the right idea with free parking

To reveal the real truth on how to entice shoppers, all you have to do is drive to one of our many shopping malls.

To the Editor,

Re: Free parking continues in downtown Nanaimo, Feb. 4.

Your story did not include the fact that the city has in the works plans to replace the two-hour free on-street parking spots downtown with pay-to-park ticket dispenser machines. Therefore, instead of parking free for two hours during the week at the non-metered spots, we will have to pay to park.

The downtown business association and city’s parking program allege they are enhancing the city core. To reveal the real truth on how to entice shoppers, all you have to do is drive to one of our many shopping malls and see how jammed their always-free parking lots are. That is where the truly great entrepreneurial spirit can be found which attracts just about every shopper in the city.

Ursula C. KnightNanaimo

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