But there is a fine line between limiting the time one can park to avoid spaces being tied up all day and making parking so expensive shoppers go somewhere else.
This neighborhood shopping center is in Chicago where parking meters have become a bit of an issue due to price increases and ‘privatization.’
Now parking is still not very expensive, but it is 4 times more expensive than it was. It is no longer about making parking available for shoppers, but about raising revenue for the city.
That makes folks think about shopping elsewhere.
That hurts the stores along this street.
That moves business out of the city one hour at a time.
Small business can often be blindsided by regulations and costs their customers and they have no control over. The parking is not a fortune, only a $1 an hour.
So, next steps? Do you market against the issue or just ignore it and tough it out?