To the editor of THE EAGLE:
In response to the Oct. 7 editorial "Plight of city’s downtown," it isn’t the lack of parking in downtown Pittsfield that keeps shoppers away, it’s the lack of free parking time.
It is impossible to park, have lunch and shop with friends, or go to a lunch and a movie in the three-hour time limit. Attempting to do so invariably results in a $10 parking ticket for overtime use of the space, even when there are dozens of empty spaces in the lots or garages.
How can the city expect people to shop downtown when one has to be constantly aware of the time in order to prevent paying the fine? I, for one, wish to enjoy my shopping experience and not feel pressured to get back to my car. Therefore I, like may others, go somewhere else to shop and/or have lunch and a movie with friends.