People wishing to park in downtown Lima now have to back their vehicles into the parking spots on a portion of West and Elizabeth streets?
And we’re supposed to think this is a good thing for attracting people to the downtown?
Get out of here.
If there’s anything that needs to be put in reverse, it’s the silly parking plan on that stretch of road. Definitely, some forward thinking is needed from Lima City Engineer Kirk Niemeyer.
The engineer tries to back up his idea by citing a 2010 study that says it is safer. If anything, that study is proof the city is wasting a lot of money on studies. All you need to do is throw common sense into the equation. It would tell you the safest way to park is not by twisting your body around and cranking your head in ways it is not meant to be cranked, and then trying to cram your vehicle into a spot between two other parked cars.
The only people we can think of who would argue in favor of such a plan are the owners of auto body repair shops.
Before the city engineer invests any more tax money in studies, maybe he should consider putting the money to better use by purchasing a can of black paint.
Getting rid of the backward parking grid should be the No. 1 goal going forward.