Could This Be Part Of The Problem?

Published 4:30 pm Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Editor, The Herald:

My wife and I opened for business in downtown Farmville Aug 1, 1969.

Parking was the primary problem for all merchants at that time and remained a problem until 2007. It seems that the recession has solved that problem. On most days one can park any where on Main Street with ease.

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Now we have a new problem, empty storefronts. I am glad to see that some are concerned and willing to do research to find a solution. I can tell you that it will be difficult to get investment in downtown or anywhere while the incentive has, in my opinion, reached an all-time low. Most people want a return but there are some who invest and work for the enjoyment. My hope is that the committee is successful.

An ugly incident occurred in front of my business last week. An individual came in and asked for change for the parking meter. At the time my register was being used and we offered change as soon as we could finalize the sale. When he returned to his car, there was a parking ticket. We do not know the final outcome of this incident but I do know with this type of treatment, return visits to downtown will decrease. Could this be part of the problem?

R. W. Carter