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Downtown Schenectady businesses want clear explanation of free parking

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Shoppers, don’t believe those $5 parking signs downtown. For years, customers have been told they can’t park for free in the free parking lots downtown during Thursday afternoon matinees at Proctors. The large signs make no mention of an exemption for those who are not going to the theater, and retailers say some of their customers have gone elsewhere rather than pay to park. It turns out they could have parked for free after all ...


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catherine9966
January 26, 2013
10:17 a.m.

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"Gillen said the number of theatergoers downtown for the matinees is worth the potential discouragement of some customers who see the $5 parking sign and don’t drive in to find out they can park for free."

So basically it's ok to sacrifice regular downtown shoppers for people going to Proctors. And most people going to Proctors do not wander into shops. They eat, they see the show, and they leave.

And it's ok apparently to have half-assed confusing parking arrangements. Can downtown do anything right???

robbump
February 4, 2013
5:45 p.m.

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Why should anyone pay $5 to watch a movie, typically less than 2 hours, at Proctors when they can hang out in Happy Cappucino for 2 hours while parking free - and spend less nursing that coffee than the $5 (minimum) movie ticket?

The parking rates should be the same, regardless the car-owners' destinations.

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