Well, not really. Seems like everytime I write about parking in Bricktown, someone’s blood pressure starts to rise. Opposing sides of this debate are both less than pleased with today’s coverage.
Some say I was too easy on the parking operators and portrayed Jim Cowan in too flatering a light. I’ve had others say I spent too much time airing complaints against the parking operators and didn’t delve enough into what the parking operators and property owners are doing to improve the situation.
Ah yes, we’ve hit a balance.
Of course, there’s more to report on all this. It’s pretty much impossible to sum up a 70-page report in a 15-inch news story. Stick with me the next couple days and I’ll share more both here at OKC Central and possibly in Tuesday’s Main Street column.
So here’s the first of what represents an FAQ (frequently asked questions) of day one:
Q: Is the city really going to buy the Bricktown garage and north parking and make them free to visitors?
A: My crystal ball is broken today. Mayor Mick Cornett is clearly interested in doing just that. But city staff will have to find money to make it happen, and the mayor will need at least four council votes on his side to make it happen. And then there’s the question of whether the owners will sell…
Q: A $10 parking cap? Are you kidding me? Is this really progress?
A: Yes, it may really be an improvement. Some of these parking operators have been known to hit $15 and even $20 on a rare occassion. It’s important to note that some operators have routinely capped their rates at $5 whether or not there is a major event going on. They say they will continue to do so.
Q: I can never find a parking spot. What are they going to do about that?
A: Let me help you. First, get a parking map from www.downtownokc.com. Then, the next time you hit Bricktown, be sure to check out the north lots, the Bricktown garage and the Santa Fe garage. I’ve surveyed parking at some of the busiest moments – including the Big 12 basketball tournaments – and always found open parking spots. Sorry, but this question (or complaint) sounds like my kid telling me I “never” let him have any fun. Yeah, go tell it to the Marines.
More to come….