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Steve Mills

Parking on the Shelbyville Square. Share your opinion.

Posted Sunday, June 23, 2013, at 4:06 PM
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  • Obviously, someone should correct me if I am wrong, but I would surmise the fines are actually meant to help the merchants by discouraging folks working up there from filling the spaces, thus keeping visiting customers from finding a space?

    Here are some thoughts for discussion:

    What is the current amount of time allowed?

    Is it sufficient for most folks to conduct their business?

    If the employees or owners park on the square, are they not hurting their own business?

    Would a golf cart shuttle to pick up and deliver folks around the square help? Would it be supported by the merchants. (financially)

    Is there city property not being utilized for parking, but close enough to benefit?

    Do merchants have space behind their buildings that could be promoted for parking. I realize some use their space now for their own customers (as it should be), but is there more that could be used?

    What is the mix of business on the square? How many retail, business offices, banks, government offices. etc.?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jun 23, 2013, at 5:24 PM
  • I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that at least half, if not more, of the traffic on the square is due to folks appearing in court?

    -- Posted by So_Sue_Me on Mon, Jun 24, 2013, at 12:34 AM
  • I have not shopped on the square, mainly because there is nothing that appeals to me or my family. But, I am sure the parking problem is just like Murfreesboro's. People tend to be too lazy to walk and will just park wherever they want. The parking time should be about an hour. That gives you plenty of time to shop around. Instead of the city going up on the amount of fines, maybe they should install meters? At least if would help people remember how long they could park there and it would make the city money at the same time.

    -- Posted by -Beth- on Mon, Jun 24, 2013, at 7:29 AM
  • If Shelbyville built a Justice Center somewhere for courts (which are over crowded and dangerous) like other towns have done, there would be enough parking for whatever you needed on the square, and tickets would not be an issue...

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, Jun 25, 2013, at 12:00 PM
  • Good idea chefgrape but there will be businesses hurt by their vacating the area also.

    Hard to win, but making more parking available and easier to access the square might be a good compromise.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jun 25, 2013, at 3:41 PM
  • I not to sure it would effect business if they just moved the courts...wouldn't think those that are in court for the day shop at the Pomegranate or J. Jordans..Or even pay for a restaurant soda at Pope's while in the area for court.It might be hard to even shop with wearing cuffs with a man wearing a badge in tow...but I could defiantly be wrong...they might however visit their lawyer...I have even hesitated to shop around the square during court times...mainly because of parking of course, but I'm sure there has been some sells...I bought cigarettes and snickers at Pope's back in the day on occasion myself after getting my tags I'm sure of it..Elenor might have even brought me a piece of coconut cream pie at one time or another.There is no telling what your eye would catch behind their register on that wall.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, Jun 25, 2013, at 4:34 PM
  • There are two public lots less than a block from the Square. It might be healthier to park and walk a few steps. I've parked a lot further away in big city Malls.

    -- Posted by jbillswms on Tue, Jun 25, 2013, at 10:08 PM
  • "I've parked a lot further away in big city Malls." Good point. I've parked a LOT further away.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jun 26, 2013, at 9:38 AM
  • I have never been to a movie at the Capri that I didn't have to park behind the law offices there or almost at First Baptist....Maybe we need to turn that old Regions bank building into a four story parking structure with a fine dining restaurant down in front....we could really use a few other businesses that attract more customers in several places around town...I do the majority of shopping in Murfreesboro,even at Christmas time...their is just not enough offered including groceries and parking situations to keep me local...but I see us trying...maybe when N. Main gets widened and more new businesses get here and we grow a little more...the issues including the parking will get better...that Justice center including a new jail near it...might just solve a lot.....just saying!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Jun 26, 2013, at 11:05 AM
  • Look at Lynchburg Tennessee.The sq is always full and people are walking around it all day.Whats the difference? They actually still conduct most of there business on the sq..They have 1 hour parking but I have never seen them write a ticket.Why? Because the merchants park off the sq. and leave spaces for customers.Why? Because they have customers on the sq.Get my point????

    -- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Wed, Jun 26, 2013, at 3:53 PM
  • Nashville still has parking meters but I 'm not sure they if that would help here. I can remember a few years back people in Nashville were using handicap placards as way to not get tickets for over parking or have to pay to park in a parking garage. The courts do take up a lot of parking and the merchants do park off the square. I really don't know the answer but I'm against higher fines because anyone can get busy and let time slip by. We don't need to do anything that would discourage people from visiting the square.

    -- Posted by jdem on Wed, Jun 26, 2013, at 9:15 PM
  • Lynchburg has a huge tourist trade and several great leather and gift shops and a couple pretty decent restaurants like Mrs Mary Bobo's and that meat and three lunch spot...sometimes its so busy it's hard to find parking...sure wish we had a few more businesses on our square...my parents went to Tip Thompson's a lot when I was young...not really much there anymore unless you have a court session or need a dress or another pendant on your bracelet...I'm not real sure the Horse show has a lot of visitors that shop there either...there is a horse shop up there also, that I have never been in...seems like there would still be more interest in raising the shopping and business bar more then the price of tickets for parking! A bar...now that's an idea..a dignified upscale drinking establishment that serves great appetizers and has a semi-upscale lunch...but then again..unless it's under five bucks and includes cornbread...it probably would't go over.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Jun 27, 2013, at 9:36 AM
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