Drivers who want the best parking spot in Roanoke should be willing to pay for it. Much, though, will need to occur before meters rise again.
It’ll be a cold day in Roanoke before a plan to install parking meters comes before city council. But that day will arrive, perhaps not this next winter, but the one after it. At any rate, Roanokers who consider free parking the reward for learning how to parallel park ought to consider this: If a spot is that valuable, shouldn’t drivers be willing to pay something to own it, even for just 30 minutes?
Still, there will be foot-stomping and the tired, worn complaint will be trotted out that the city might as well just kill all the businesses now, as everyone will go to the mall, where they can park close and for free. Please! Both the “close” and the “free” are an illusion. And the mall isn’t downtown Roanoke. Each offers different things to different people.