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None of the discussion I have seen appears to have any awareness of all the scientific knowledge about parking and transportation demand which has accrued over the past half century. Many business districts have gone into decline when parking and transportation demand are not managed wisely.
Just for starters, making it easy for employees to use the close-in parking spaces most coveted by customers is damaging to the businesses where the employees work.
Shifting the costs of parking to customers and non-customer taxpayers--regardless of whether or not they are using said parking--can make a business district uncompetitive and is certainly inequitable.
A very high percentage of persons who work in downtown Walla Walla live within a couple of blocks of Valley Transit service: a service of such high quality that--as many of you know--when voters were asked to support an increased sales tax for transit, the answer was an overwhelming yes. Business groups and the city of WW need to find ways to incentivize more workers to commute using Valley Transit and/or a combination of transit and bicycling. Likewise, businesses should consider rewarding customers who arrive without using one of the valuable/costly parking spaces. Walking, bicycling, Valley Transit--as well as the four other bus carriers which serve downtown (and other areas) Walla Walla--are all options for getting many customers to/from their shopping, dining, and other commercial endeavors.
I heard that zero gang members showed up.
A high percentage of downtown workers live within two blocks of a Valley Transit bus stop, or in the service area of other transportation providers (such as Columbia County) which serve downtown Walla Walla. How about developing incentives for workers to use transit at least two or three times per week?
Also needed is a stricter enforcement of time limits, so that persons storing a vehicle for longer periods do not occupy the spaces closest to stores, which are preferred by customers.
Ironically, at the start of the Bush/Greenspan Depression, two of Walla Walla's longtime resale stores closed and/or moved away from providing basic household items, as they had for years: The Blue Mountain Humane Society Thrift Store and The Country Store.
"The site is the location of a former metal salvage business that ceased operation in 2010."
Does this mean that Stubblefield Salvage and Recycling is no longer in business, or does it mean that they no longer operate the site on Myra Road?
Speaking of trust in the sheriff's office, the now-convicted undersheriff, while still in office used her "position of trust" to threaten me with imprisonment if I would not waive a Constitutional right.
While she was undersheriff, she threatened me with imprisonment if I would not waive a Constitutional right.
"Decades old". Does anyone know how old The Oasis is?
This article fails to mention that at least one post office in the area (College Place) will close early on Christmas Eve (and again, on New Year's Eve)
Are you sure these numbers are correct? If they are correct, this is a stunning increase in the accommodations sector:
"According to the results, spending on accommodations increased $2.3 million from 2010 to $18.5 million last year. Rennie said that increase wasn’t a huge surprise since Tourism Walla Walla tracks monthly occupancy."
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