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February 3, 2014
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Letter: Downtown Roseburg priorities should not include back-in parking

Questioning city decisions

Evidently the city council couldn’t care less what downtown shoppers think of their back-up parking idea. I buy supplies, have my hair cut and have lunch downtown.

Remember when the council decided parking enforcement wasn’t efficient or merchant friendly? Now they have what they wanted — a non-walking enforcement and spending their time visiting the merchants. What has happened? Less revenue. They say they can fix it by doubling the meter rates. That’s a friendly gesture to us downtown shoppers, isn’t it?

They say they have a problem with the homeless. Then find a solution to help them. The problem isn’t going away and it’s going to get worse.

The biggest problems are the empty Safeway and Rite Aid stores, not to mention numerous small buildings throughout town. Soon the Honda building and its lots will be empty, too.

Maybe we need a giant flea market in one of those buildings, like other cities have. How about a full page ad from downtown merchants once a week offering weekly sale items the mall doesn’t have?

And there are no public toilets. You almost need to beg to use a merchant’s toilet. Have them open from 9 to 5; closed on Sundays. Yes, the homeless will use them, but they’re already using the alleys and wherever else they can.

I can’t remember a restaurant downtown offering a buy one and get the next meal half price. In all the ads I receive in the mail and the Sunday papers, I see nothing from the downtown merchants.

The Safeway and Rite Aid buildings are a turn-off for visitors coming in to town. The first thing they think is that the rest of downtown is probably the same. Why don’t the merchants and city council get it?

Gary L. Baxman

Winston


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