Southwest Wake: Opinion

May 30, 2014

Cindy and Peter Emens: Lack of parking hurts seniors

Cary citizens have noted the lack of parking in the downtown area. It may be fine to promote walkability, but 25 percent of Cary’s population is 55 or older, and there are many mobility-impaired residents who are not seniors.

Lack of parking hurts seniors

Cary citizens have noted the lack of parking in the downtown area. It may be fine to promote walkability, but 25 percent of Cary’s population is 55 or older, and there are many mobility-impaired residents who are not seniors.

While the town claims “quality recreation, leisure activities and opportunities” as a benchmark of its success, it unabashedly denies participation in community activities to those residents who cannot walk two or more blocks.

Did you know Cary is spending more than $35 million to create 70 miles of greenways – dedicated walking/biking paths – and anticipates spending another $3.6 million for resurfacing (not to mention ongoing maintenance) while deliberately spurning the needs of this community’s disabled?

With ever-increasing Internet shopping, convenient parking is one of the few perks local businesses can offer their patrons. Realistically, there is nothing unique about “downtown” shopping, dining or entertainment that overrides the inconvenience of getting to it.

Imagining that vitality and convenient parking are mutually exclusive is not good thinking. Worse yet is Cary’s conscious restriction on community involvement by mobility-impaired residents who depend on accessible parking.

Cindy and Peter Emens

Cary

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