A new coat of paint has returned to the streets of downtown Terre Haute maximizing curbside parking.
“It looks neater and I think it’s easier for people to park because they know when they are actually in a spot,” said owner of River Wools and Council women Martha Crossen.
WTWO News sat down with Lou Corey owner of Corey’s Fine Footwear on Wabash Avenue. He is the one who really got the ball rolling after his Facebook post captured the negative impact of unmarked parking spaces.
“There was three cars in a 6 space area. The improper use of parking causes a problem for other people that want to come and shop,” said Corey.
Now with clear boundaries business is already running more smoothly and not just for Lou.
“The entire area. We need to make a positive impact on consumers,” said Corey.
“I’ve been here 13 years and probably every day someone says something about parking. So it’s important to people and it’s important to us. So anything we can do to make it more likely those parking spaces are going to be used with some ease by our customers is a benefit downtown and our customers,” said Crossen.
The impact of the renewed stripes has also sparked the rumor of returning something else to the downtown streets. parking meters. Lou Corey and others aren’t sold on the idea.
“I think our customers will be taking the blunt of this.”
While Martha Crossen is also looking for what’s in the best interest of the city she agrees with Corey saying that both sides will be impacted in the same way.
“In this situation i think they are the same interest. We all have a lot to gain in having a heathy downtown and having parking where ever it is that is convenient and safe for our citizens and people visiting our community,” said Crossen.