Opinion: Parking should be free in downtown Ann Arbor during Christmas shopping season
I have owned a business in the Kerrytown neighborhood for more than 10 years and have never seen the parking meter people as aggressive as I have this month.
Just this week alone, 3 of my customers have received parking citations. One of my customers even sent me an email after she got home to tell me that her ticket was for 3 minutes over the limit.
This is hopefully downtown Ann Arbor's busiest time of year and the retail community needs all the help it can get to keep the customers coming. This is not the way for the city to recoup revenue.
Where is the DDA in all of this? Isn't their purpose to promote the downtown? Free parking for the month of December would be my first suggestion! I personally sent Mayor Hieftje an email about this situation but I don't really expect him to respond.
Susan C. Little MichaelSusanneSalon, Ann Arbor