THIS PIECE WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON RATIONAL URBANISM, THE BLOG OF ONE OF OUR MEMBERS, STEVEN SHULTIS. IT IS REPRINTED HERE WITH HIS PERMISSION. RECENTLY, WE FEATURED ANOTHER PIECE FROM A MEMBER DISCUSSING PARKING THAT DREW QUITE A BIT OF INTEREST. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND CHECKING OUT STEVEN'S APPEARANCE ON THE PODCAST EARLIER THIS YEAR AS WELL.

On the 5:30 edition of Western Mass News a story ran in which it was claimed that a 30% drop in a local tavern’s business was due to a dearth of “after 5 parking”. I ran out of the house and took these pictures…all within a one block radius of the establishment, all taken before 6 pm. To start, the distance from my house to McCaffrey’s is .3 miles, all of these spaces are much less than half that distance or, in other words, fewer than 2 minutes away.

Could the belief that there isn’t enough parking be hurting business? Maybe. Is there a problem with “after 5” parking near McCaffrey’s? Not tonight, and I’ll wager not tomorrow night either. Stand by for more exciting pictures of empty parking spaces closer to a barstool in McCaffrey’s than most spaces in the Hall of Fame parking lot are to a barstool at UNO’s, or Plan B, or J Quincy’s!


NOTE: Check out Steven's update to this post.