CHEAP SEATS: Parking committee only works if people listen

Trying to decide whether Belleville’s new committee on downtown parking is a good idea or not may depend on whether you are a glass half full or half empty person.

The committee, made up of four city councillors, is to meet with members of the BDIA to come up with a new strategy for downtown parking.

For the half full crowd, any conversation on parking is a good sign. It’s been the dominating topic of all conversations about downtown, except in council chambers where it has been mostly ignored.

Which gives plenty of ammunition for the half empty crowd, who can point to any number of times when council could have done something on parking, but chose not to.

And there is the rub about this committee: it’s great if those involved decide they want to do something.

That means discarding preconceived ideas about where paid parking should and shouldn’t be. It means throwing away concerns – at least out of the gate – about who pays for what and who uses what.

It means looking at what might work best in terms of all users and then figuring out the best way to implement that plan.

There are a lot of ideas, insights, and experiences out there.

But none of them do any good unless those exchanging them are willing to put their biases aside and actually listen.

I’m Bill Glisky and that’s the way I see things From the Cheap Seats

From the Cheap Seats can be heard Monday to Friday at 7 a.m., 9 a.m. and noon on 95.5 Hits FM and Cool 100.1

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