Paid parking, and confusion over where to park and when to park there, are buzz kills as they say for visiting downtown Raleigh. But city officials say a soft economy is the reason the citys parking decks arent getting as much traffic as hoped, so to speak. Thats too easy a rationalization.
The city is looking at a $2 million shortfall in its parking fund. But fortunately, the City Council didnt bite on an idea to allow commercial signs on the parking decks. First, that wouldnt be particularly attractive. Second and just as important, the $25,000 revenue such a policy might have generated didnt make it worth the citys trouble.
The city, if its going to generate retail space and a grocery store and perhaps a movie theater downtown, will simply have to eat some of the expense related to parking. As to the lack of use, Raleigh has not done a very good job making the public aware of whats available. A little advertising of its own might help.