golocalprov : "Tegu said Hope Street businesses are looking for customers to spend longer periods of time in that particular neighborhood so that all of the businesses benefit. The businesses there don't want their customers to feels rushed because of parking meters.
"We're not a downtown district where folks park, shop an hour, and then leave. We're more of a destination where people can potentially spend the whole day," said Tegu.
Parking meters, she said, put a dent in that plan. Instead of meters, the city should look for ways to attract people, not deter them. In the long run, she said, that would create more revenue.
Merchants aside, some community activists believe parking meters can be beneficial."