Thursday, August 28, 2014
First we had to pick ourselves up off the floor.
Then we had to find a tissue to wipe the tears of laughter from our eyes.
Then we had to gasp an “Are you serious?”
She was serious.
County Parks and Recreation Director Beth Goodale says that parking for the new 850-seat auditorium at the soon-to-be newly renovated Howard Center will not be a problem.
Just do what other cities have done, she says.
Let people park their cars on the lawns of neighboring residences and let the homeowners charge them for it.
And since Goodale says she takes direction from [county] council, we take that to mean county council thinks the same.
We are still chuckling, amazed by the absurdity of it, astounded that when planning the rehabilitation of the center, apparently no one had the foresight to think about parking, much less what in the world an 850-seat auditorium would be used for.
Nevertheless, the City of Georgetown will have in its midst a huge auditorium and the equally large headache of dealing with the traffic and parking issues it will create should it find an event that might fill those 850 seats.
If the residents of the West End are expected to allow cars to park in their yards, then we have to assume that the same would hold true for any resident in the city. What’s good for one neighborhood is good for all…right?
So, for example, when hundreds attend Front Street events, like, hmm, the hugely popular Wooden Boat Show, attendees can park in the yards of the homes in the historic district…right?