• Cheryl Wright

Downtown parking: a problem of perception?

There has been a lot of talk in past years about a parking problem in downtown Columbus. Some residents complain that there is not enough parking downtown or that they have to walk too far to get to where they want to go downtown. For those without mobility issues, having to walk a little further from your car to your destination can be seen as an opportunity rather than a problem. However, even if you don't see it that way, the walking distances downtown are not really that far when compared to another common daily task for many; grocery shopping at Walmart.

When you compare an image of Walmart and its parking lot to a map of downtown Columbus, you can clearly see that this is a perception problem rather than an actual problem.

Would you walk from the rear of the parking lot of Walmart to the rear of the store? When compared to downtown Columbus, this distance is about 2 blocks.

So, the next time you find yourself having to park 'all the way' at Washington & 6th streets or having to 'trek' from 4th and Lafayette to frequent one of the downtown businesses, just remember that it's probably about as far as you would walk buying a gallon of milk at Walmart. Plus it's good for you!

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