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POLL: Would paid parking in downtown Half Moon Bay deter you from coming to the area?

Tell us whether you think the city should implement a paid parking program.

The city of Half Moon Bay is considering implementing a in the downtown core area around Main St. While the idea is in the proposal stage, the city has hired a consultant to collect data and develop recommendations by March 20 complete with revenue projection scenarios.

Mayor Allan Alifano and the city council have indicated that that they are in support of continuing to explore the idea of starting a program as a way to generate revenue for the city's coffers, yet some and other local residents have said that paying for parking would deter people from coming to the area.

Whether you are local or someone who lives outside the Half Moon Bay Coastside, tell us whether parking cost would deter you from coming to downtown Half Moon Bay.

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Betsy Crandell March 01, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I can say that it is such a delight to have a small town that offers up free parking to patrons & visitors. It makes a casual decision to browse the streets & maybe pick up a few items or treat yourself to a coffee & pastry or run the kids in for a quick frozen yogurt, an easy an one to make! I ask that paid parking be weighed heavily & if it is a must PLEASE consider a 20 minute grace period for those just running in to the feed store to grab one item & go! Perhaps there is a system that will allow you to obtain a 20 minutes free ticket with an expiration?
Jamie Barber March 01, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Half Moon Bay needs to attract visitors and locals to Main Street and the side streets. The charm of coming to a small town is to relax and not worry about meters and the fear of receiving an expensive ticket. Our motto is Shop, stay, play. Should we change it to Shop, Stay, Play & Pay? , ,play &
Brian Holt March 01, 2012 at 04:29 PM
The fact that you don't have to deal with the same urban constraints as you do in San Mateo, Redwood City, etc. is what makes HMB attractive. Walking around downtown should be encouraged and there is certainly room on the south end of Main St, Purisima St, Church St, etc for ample free parking. While you may not always be able to find the perfect spot on Main St. - extending the pedestrian zone beyond Main St. should be encouraged. Having people park a block or two away and walking will be a good thing for HMB merchants. Paid parking is exactly the wrong way to go. We should encourage people to stay downtown as long as they like.
Janine March 01, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Main Street is already suffering in this economy. I think this would be a mistake. Half Moon Bay should welcome shoppers/patrons not charge them.
Frank Forest March 02, 2012 at 12:48 AM
There's no such thing as "free parking", just as there's no such thing as a free lunch, and people should pay for what they consume. Unfortunately, "free parking" results in a number of other problems -- it's sometimes difficult to find parking near your destination; drivers circle around, idle and block traffic while hunting for spaces; and perhaps most important, some people avoid coming to the area in the first place due to their perception & recollections of that area being congested. There is much evidence via many studies showing the benefits to all of having intelligent paid parking vs. free parking. A decent summary is here, http://www.cato-unbound.org/2011/04/04/donald-shoup/free-parking-or-free-markets (Disclaimer, I'm not a libertarian, but I do like the fact Cato Institute recognizes the economic and societal benefits to all by having reasonable parking policies.)
Frank Forest March 02, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Regarding these points made above: - "Paid parking is exactly the wrong way to go. We should encourage people to stay downtown as long as they like." - "Half Moon Bay should welcome shoppers/patrons not charge them." - "Half Moon Bay needs to attract visitors and locals to Main Street and the side streets." The logical extension of those is that Half Moon Bay should pay people to come park on its streets! Theoretically, there'd be no faster way to draw people to downtown HMB than by paying them to drive there....So wouldn't that be better for HMB merchants and the economy ? It's a fallacy that parking needs to be free in order to attract people to an area.
Lois Joseph March 03, 2012 at 04:51 AM
I can walk from home. At the worst HMB parking is better than most places. Every one can walk a little further. Would meters be a target for vandels? Yes. Would a meter minder cost money? Yes. Lois Joseph

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