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.”

7 Responses to Some Business Owners Supporting Free Sunday Parking?

  1. Barb says:

    How do I send you an email to ask you about parking stickers?

  2. Jeff says:

    If the businesses in that area want free parking, then they presumably know or believe that free parking is to their advantage. In other parts of the city, businesses would prefer constant turnover. There is not going to be a “one size fits all” solution here.

    In any event, the plain fact is that CPM is going to see a $300 million plus windfall as a result of the city agreeing to trade Sunday parking for later meter hours the rest of the week. The Emanuel administration made the worst privatization deal in history even worse, and then claimed it as a great victory for Chicago (after his brown shirts in the City Council confiscated copies of the Tribune editorial pointing this out).

  3. Drew says:

    I should run for mayor.

    I know exactly how to cancel out the meter lease and not have to pay CPM a dime.

  4. Bankruptcy, would serve them right, unions too.

  5. Drew says:

    I take umbridge with the union sniping. Not all city unions are screwed up like the teachers.

    At the very least, unions protect city employees from random no cause terminations and bullshit discipline from clouted or moron supervisors/managers.

  6. Dave says:

    The real reason the Mayor pushed for free Sundays is that he started to make churches pay for their water bills. Needless to say that did not go over well. So free Sundays is payback at the expense of making people feed the meters an extra hour Mon-Fri.

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