Paid parking will hurt downtown Pittsfield

To the editor:

Just finished reading the article on downtown parking in Pittsfield. My first reaction was — what parking? My second was total agreement with Beacon Theater owner Richard Stanley on metered parking.

If Pittsfield is going to cater to the rich and famous who can afford to pay for prime parking spaces then I am glad I avoid Pittsfield as much as I can. I enjoy walking around Pittsfield when I do go, and I park wherever I find an open space.

Does this mean that all those Verizon vehicles that park on Allen Street will be paying for parking to get to work? Will there then be meters behind City Hall so city employees pay to work also?

The beautification efforts being done in Pittsfield will be for naught if no one cares enough to pay for parking to visit.

Sue Barnes, Dalton