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March 5, 2014
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Letter: Back-in parking in downtown Roseburg will not improve traffic flow

City needs more common sense

I’ve never heard of back-in parking. It sounds idiotic. Spending money to make downtown traffic flow even more poorly designed and provide potential shoppers with a parking challenge as well seems wasteful.

Remember the lovely cement planters we had downtown right next to the curb years ago? They were constantly hit, destroying planters and cars, until the city finally removed them. People weren’t forced to learn to park well then, and I doubt the city will have better success teaching people to back-in park now.

Supposedly it’s great in Denver? I called a friend who has lived in Denver for more than 50 years, goes everywhere in town, and guess what? He’s never heard of back-in parking. He suggested Roseburg call the Denver Police Department to see if anyone has heard of it and what they think before instituting it here. I suggest before the city wastes money on studies from firms based in other cities and/or states, they use common sense, as well as consulting with Roseburg citizens!

For free, I’ll suggest they take that million dollars and do the following: Remove all parking meters to encourage shoppers. Renovate the empty Rite Aid and Safeway stores into cute, attractive shops and create a neat walking mall where people will want to shop. Make the rents in these shops low to attract business. Use the money to award low-cost loans to entrepreneurs, so they can start businesses. Stop adding to business fees; lower them to encourage business. Stop paying for “consultants” who bring no business to Roseburg. Use that money more wisely to help businesses here remain open during the poor economy. Stop paying for worthless studies. Do your own homework; consult with local business people and citizens. Use taxpayer funds as economically as possible.

Midge Frost


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The News-Review Updated Mar 18, 2014 12:48PM Published Mar 5, 2014 01:08PM Copyright 2014 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.