Certain That Our Municipal Team Can Come Up with Creative Parking Solution
To the Editor:
Princeton is a unique town that is not without its challenges, one of which is perennial … parking. At recent meetings, local merchants shared that the new parking system is presenting real challenges, deterring potential customers, and causing a financial hardship for their employees. Though parking may not be the only challenge facing local retailers, it is something that as a town, we could better control.
I am grateful for our retail shops for a number of reasons beyond their excellent wares. So many of them are examples of what we should want local businesses to be: thoughtful employers and committed community partners. These are businesses that invest in this town as business people, as employers, and as citizens. I would like to see us set our intentions to invest in them both as consumers and as a community.
I feel certain that the thoughtful people on our municipal team can come up with a creative solution (parking permits or designated parking for employees, tax abatement, etc.). I hope that we will demonstrate that we see the value in the business owners, retailers, and restaurateurs who go above and beyond in partnership with our community.