Some Business Owners Supporting Free Sunday Parking?
Over the course of hearings on the remix of the parking meter lease deal, many aldermen stated they were hearing from business owners and local chamber of commerce that opposed free Sunday parking.
Retail businesses in general, and in particular retailers in congested, high traffic parts of the city (Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Logan Square, Lakeview, etc.) depend on rapid turnover rates of metered parking spots to maximize customers and ultimately sales.
These business owners don’t want drivers leaving their cars parked all day and discouraging other paying customers from spending money.
Several alderman plan on refusing free Sunday parking in their wards or at least in some of these high congestion areas.
However, the Sun-Times reports some retail business owners are supportive of free Sunday parking because they feel it will bring more shoppers into their stores.
The newspaper interviews business owners in Bronzeville who say the high meter rates and heavy ticket enforcement in their area discourage shoppers from driving there to spend money.
Here’s the Sun-Times full story, “Some Chicago businesses welcoming free Sunday parking.”