For years I’ve asked the tough questions posed by some of you readers. I’ve explained to Bricktown property owners and merchants your frustration about not being able to find affordable parking spots on busy event nights.
Tonight I now know those of you who feel this way are …. forgive me … completely deluded.
It had to be said. There’s a point where perception totally disconnects with reality. We’ve hit that point.
It’s 8 p.m., Wednesday night. The sold out opening game for the Oklahoma City Thunder has been underway for an hour. The Bricktown folks conducted a little experiment tonight. They insisted that during the Hornets’ tenure at Ford Center the Bricktown garage next to the ballpark and the parking lots north of Main Street never filled up. So, what would happen if they opened the lots up for free for the evening and made every effort to publicize the effort in the newspaper, on radio and television?
The north parking lots and the garage still didn’t fill up. There are dozens of empty spaces available in the north lot, and as of 15 minutes ago, there were still 30 open spaces at the garage.
Oh, by the way, these spaces are never more than $5. Never.
The Bricktown folks are right – based on what I’m seeing tonight, it’s hard to believe they would ever be in a situation where they don’t have open, affordable parking spaces.
Could Bricktown make better accomodations to encourage retail development? Sure. Could Bricktown do a better job at educating the public where to park? You bet. But in the overall scheme of things, it’s difficult to understand any more what all the complaining is about.
It’s time to move on.