Free parking doesn’t help Eugene businesses


The City of Eugene took out 288 parking meters in an effort to help local businesses, but so far the free parking hasn’t seemed to make a difference.

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The City of Eugene removed 288 parking meters downtown to help local businesses, but so far the free parking hasn’t seemed to make a difference.

Drivers like the free parking but shop owners aren’t seeing the benefit.

“People who are getting to the parking spots, they do appreciate them being free right now,” said Priya Makyadath, Shoe-A-Holic Manager. “But I’ve also found there’s a lot of people who are using the parking spots for two hours while they go do their workout.

Instead of doing their shopping, which was the city’s intention. And for a shop where customer turnover is relatively quick, say 30 minutes to buy a pair of boots, Makyadath said his business doesn’t benefit when drivers stay put for two hours.

“It doesn’t take the strain off the people who are coming down here,” he said.

Read more at KEZI.com.

 




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