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Bloomington Chamber Surveying Residents On Parking Meters

The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce is conducting a downtown parking survey through the end of next week.

Digital Parking Meter

Photo: pertristis/flickr

Some local business owners say parking meters like this one have driven customers away.

The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce is asking downtown business owners, employees and customers for feedback on the city’s downtown parking meters in a new survey.

The survey isn’t scientific, but Bloomington Chamber of Commerce President Jeb Conrad says he hopes it will yield some telling data.

“Impacts of the transition with meters, the transition with new parking rules for parking garages, and those kinds of things because we have a lot of members that those are either in front or near their retail locations,” said Conrad.

Lyle Feigenbaum is the owner of the Scholar’s Inn Bakehouse on the downtown square. He says the parking meters have had an adverse effect on his business.

“We rely on the residents of Bloomington to come downtown before work, to have breakfast, whatever it may be, grab a cup of coffee, but the meters are a hassle,” said Feigenbaum.

Feigenbaum says he understands why meters are necessary at night when parking spots are harder to come by. But because his business comes mostly from breakfast and lunch crowds when parking isn’t as much of an issue, he says the meters are only a deterrent for his customers.

Conrad and Feigenbaum both say the city has been supportive of the survey and plans to consider recommendations based on the final data.

3,500 people have completed the survey, which wraps up at the end of next week.

Will Healey

Will Healey is a reporter for WFIU/WTIU News. He has studied Creative Writing and Philosophy at Fordham University in New York and Journalism at Indiana University's School of Journalism. He is excited to be part of the team and report on issues that impact the lives of Hoosiers.

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  • Jason

    The link is broken.

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  • Julie

    I think there must be some change made to the number of parking meters and the locations. Perhaps have meters for some spaces but leave non-metered spaces for spaces closest to businesses and allow for half-hour free parking. This way people making short stops at local businesses do not have to pay. For example, I am often unable to find a parking spot at the Bloomingfoods lot. So, I have to use one of the metered spots when I am only running in to grab a sandwich or coffee. Believe it or not, this does make me hesitate to do so and such Bloomingfoods loses business. There must be a better way to use the parking meters.

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