We must think on a grander scale. Remember that all opinions are absolutely valid, yet not always well founded. Remember that one opposing voice can drown out reason and true understanding of the facts. We must remember the majority of people opposing this do not truly understand the whole story, which is proven time and again when I discuss this with anyone.

The loudest voices worried about parking appear to be from those that visit downtown sporadically. Those worries aren't without merit, however, we must think of the whole impact and not just those who may be slightly inconvenienced. If they truly analyze the impact, it would become apparent that a trip to Walmart -- parking, walking to the door and shopping -- easily adds up to a longer distance than parking an additional block or two away. Handicapped parking that is more strategically placed is needed and the city is addressing that fact.

The greater impact should far outweigh general parking concerns (only 50 spots lost). Downtown is able to accommodate close to 30,000 people on more than one occasion. They find a way. While you will rarely covert the staunch, "I will not enter an establishment unless I can park directly in front of it" folks, if we want to grow our city, then we have to act like a city that is growing.

Our prime real estate at the foot of Broadway is a dilapidated parking lot that is primed to become a hub of activity. Those that speak of proximity are making the point of critical mass without even realizing it. People want options. People want an experience. The possibilities for a new vibrancy cannot be overlooked.

Think back to changes that have occurred in Paducah. Now, think of where we would be without them. Stagnant.

Landee Bryant


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