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My Turn: Parking garage traffic jam

Posted: Updated: Dec 4, 2012 02:27 PM

You would think a parade would be enough to put a smile on people's faces.  How quickly things changed though when the parade was over Sunday night in Wilmington.  That's when people started trying to leave the city's parking garage.  What a mess.

The problem became so bad a city council member contacted the city manager to just let people go through without paying to clear up the congestion.  That was a good move, but why did it have get to that point?

The city parking folks should have seen this coming.  After all, it was a beautiful December evening and the parade is always well attended.  It shouldn't have been a surprise that the parking decks would be packed.

I hate to pick on the city twice in as many weeks.  But if we're really being asked to "Bring It Downtown" as the slogan suggests … they need to be more visitor friendly for these types of events.

They already had free parking for a couple days downtown last month.  They could have done the same for the parade, or charged a reasonable fee as people showed up, not when they are all trying to leave at once.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at



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Interestingly, I also had the same question; why couldn't the downtown parking garages charge a nominal fee up front... All major events I have attended from concerts and ball games in SoCal to the same in Charlotte all charge a nominal entry fee.  Perhaps what we really need are city planners that know how to do their jobs.

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