Ruthy Woodring: Benefit of our community

Published: 7/1/2021 8:23:49 AM At this past Thursday’s downtown Northampton redesign meeting, a public commenter who was addressing...


Published: 7/1/2021 8:23:49 AM

At this past Thursday’s downtown Northampton redesign meeting, a public commenter who was addressing the need for on-street car parking said something like 25% of drivers have mobility issues. The point I hear in that statistic is that there are many, many drivers who likely don’t have mobility issues that would prevent them from walking from the parking garage or another lot to a business on Main Street.

Those of us who are able to walk from a parking spot farther away, or walk from the bus stop, or walk from where we live, or bike, or get to a downtown business any way other than driving a single-occupant vehicle that will occupy a 8-by-18 parking space, have the opportunity — no, the responsibility — to make way for those who really need the priority spaces.

Being able-bodied is only a temporary state. We need to use whatever abilities we have for the benefit of our community.

Ruthy Woodring

Florence



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