Should Parking in Arts District Parking Garage Be Free?

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

According to Meridian City Councilman George Thomas, the Arts District parking garage costs more to operate that it collects in parking fees.

For that reason, Thomas says he would support allowing residents and visitors to park in the garage for free. He thinks it would help downtown entertainment venues and help downtown merchants if people could park without paying. Several residents we talked to said they think parking should be free.

"It's not doing any good sitting there and people aren't paying for it. Why not let them (park for free)," said Pat Robinson.

Currently, parking is free for the first hour, a dollar per additional hour with a five dollar daily maximum.

There are no plans for this issue to come up for a vote by the council. Thomas was discussing the issue while appearing On The Record.

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  • by Um I for Got Location: Some Where on Jan 4, 2010 at 07:37 AM
    Holy crusades Batman. It's another bumbling screw up? They built another money sucking pit. Well Robin first we must ask ourselves? Who did this parking garage really benefit? And who got the kickbacks from it? It's like an ole mongrel dog. Overtime you grow to love it. And you think it loves you. And then one day it turns on you. And bites you. Bites you real bad. Moral of all this. All these things where here before the new mayor. They where ill thought of. Or not though out at all on some of them. Answer yourself this? Would you park in the parking garage. Walk 4 or 5 blocks spend 30 mins in a store and then walk back. Couldn't tell here awhile back during the grand jury going on at the court house it was used. And most of these people where there all day. Ok enough of the rantin and raving. It's here and it's here to stay. Even if it brings in a lot of money. But what little it does bring in use it for to help with the up keep of it. So yes keep the fees in place.
  • by Jay on Dec 31, 2009 at 06:02 PM
    No douglass I don't get your drift?
  • by Hmph... Location: Meridian on Dec 31, 2009 at 11:27 AM
    I was told there is no security there after 8 p.m. unless there's a special event going on. If you drive to the top of it you'll find empty alcohol containers and used condoms. If my car is going to get vandalized while parked downtown, I'd rather it happen on the street so there's some chance of a witness seeing it.
  • by Douglass Location: Meridian on Dec 30, 2009 at 09:13 PM
    I think that those parking in the parking lot should pay a minimal of $1.00, more if demands dictates it. On nights of special events those desiring to park in the parking lot should pay a minimal of $5.00. If free charge fee is the step we take please don't this attitude prevail in our parks and recreations activities because things are going to go down fast. Get my drift!
  • by Silly Citizen Location: Meridian on Dec 30, 2009 at 06:39 PM
    The only ones able to afford to park is of the working class. At the rate jobs in this area are laying off and going out of business, people can't afford gas let alone parking. Leave it as it is and if people can afford to pay to park then so be it. Those who can't will make do as they always have. Why do Meridian make such big deals over silly issues. Who really cares who uses the garage when there isn't much in the area anyway. I always find parking on the street any day of the week. I have witnessed events comming to the Temple and Riley Center and cars are not utilizing the garage. Instead, they are lined up along the street. So I ask again, who really cares and is this really an issue. I forgot we had a parking garage until it was mentioned and I pass the thing daily.
  • by Marie on Dec 30, 2009 at 04:25 PM
    Each City Council member who voted to fund this albatross of a parking garage should be forced to subsidize parking for those who want to use the garage. The fees should be deducted from their salaries. Most of the current council members were in office when the garage was built
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2009 at 02:56 PM
    Meridian isnt good enough to charge parking fees
  • by Jean Location: Lauderdale on Dec 30, 2009 at 12:12 PM
    The parking garage is going the way of the old multi-story (white elephant) garages...disused, though not because of design. I think parking should be free. The garage could also be used occasionally for flea markets and festivals, when weather becomes a factor (like the Merry Meridian event). Sounds like another case of "use it or lose it."
  • by Anonymous One Location: Meridian - District 5 on Dec 29, 2009 at 09:00 PM
    Robert and Cindy, I encourage you to drop off your donations to the monument to a wasteful administration each time you are in the area. It should be free AND the lights should not be on 24/7! $20 a visit will pay for a lot of folks parking, so pay on!!!!
  • by CAMERON Location: MERIDIAN on Dec 29, 2009 at 05:11 PM
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