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Plenty of parking around downtown.Business owners crying foul are just complaining about the economy and need to blame someone.
me thinks greenwash unapt, perhaps, whitewash
The construction has gone far better than I expected in regards to traffic, congestion and convenience.
The flow of cars has gone relatively well but the businesses between 6th and 8th street have had no parking for five weeks and ALL of those businesses have been down fifty percent since mid October when the parking was taken away. As for Greenwash's comment: As of October 1, 2009 my business was up ten to twenty percent, until you speak with other owners who also have been doing business on main street for fifteen to thirty years and have very clear books and growth patterns, don't make ignorant comments. This part of the project is already behind (3rd and 13th street improvements), and the spring plan goes all the way into July. When our cherished downtown looses many businesses, as well as jobs, and taxation; who will be crying then?
City parking lot at 10th street,lots behind Wells Fargo,old Shell/Texaco station at 3rd,Yampa street and Oak street,Little Toots.Geez do you have to park right in front?Walk a little...BFD. Better signage mabye for the lazy folks is needed.
As a business owner in the heart of the construction, I do not feel that the drop in customers is due to parking. The way I see it is that people are staying away because of the noise, pollution, dust, and inconvenience. Chatting with a couple from the front range today - they expressed their disappointment that their get-away isn't as pleasant as they had hoped for. With both the mountain area and downtown under construction at the same time, there's nowhere to go. The psychological effects of destruction/reconstruction are grating on everyone. Between this and the national economy, it's a double insult to the local economy.
Now thats a good and the best point.Agreed.
I think most people expected construction to be focused at one or two places at a time until it was completed and then they'd move one to another spot. That is largely what happened at 3rd and also at 11th.
But some of the stuff in the middle of downtown has been worked on for the entire time. I think that has been a complete surprise to those business owners and the public. This has definitely made downtown less enjoyable to visit and walk around.
dont think ive visited a buisness downtown since...well,back it was safe to. oh wait,went to the library about four months ago,does that count?had my cell phone stolen.
The pace will neeed to be escalated several fold to meet schedule, this fall is nothing in the scheme of things. Next summer will reveal the need for a bypass.
I don't understand why this project is not being worked on 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Cdot and the city should have demanded that from the contractor's bid. April, May, and June really, this may be the straw that broke the camel's back.
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