City Wants Feedback on Dickson Street...

City Wants Feedback on Dickson Street Parking

There are 16 comments on the 5News KFSM story from Mar 16, 2010, titled City Wants Feedback on Dickson Street Parking. In it, 5News KFSM reports that:

The Fayetteville City Council has already approved a plan that would require you to pay to park on Dickson.

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#1 Mar 16, 2010
Free parking is a way to encourage people to visit Dickson Street and downtown Fayetteville. Remember, people spend money when they are there. Free parking builds tax revenues!

Fayetteville, AR

#2 Mar 17, 2010
The parking on Dickson is already bad enough, having to pay for parking would be the last straw and I would choose not to go there.

Fayetteville, AR

#3 Mar 17, 2010
I think more buses and a train and lighted trails would be a nice idea. I walk to Dickson and wish everyone else could, too. Cheers!

Fayetteville, AR

#4 Mar 17, 2010
I am a musician and last Friday tried to find a parking space and discovered after nearly 30 years of playing music on Dickson street that the parking is controlled by the businesses or churches. My car was nearly towed and what money I made that night was spent to pay the tow truck driver to set it back on the ground. He said the church instituted paid parking to stop all the littering of trash (including condoms)taking place in their lot. So it's ok to pick up the condoms (thus ok to use them) as long as you pay to have them picked up? They just want a few bucks for their account from what I can tell. I couldn't believe how all the parking places are now commercial and unless the venue I am playing music for has parking for me, I doubt I'll mess with playing there's ridiculous. Eureka Springs has the same set up that Fayetteville has started using...check out the live music in eureka sometime and you'll find there is very little taking place. Sad that Fayetteville is trying to lure customers to Dickson Street by making them pay to visit shops that will not get my business if I have to pay to visit them..I have no need for paying to shop when I can do it online and have my choices multiplied ten-fold by the latter rather than the former. I prefer patronizing Dickson Street merchants but they won't see my face (or money) again. Fayetteville needs to get it together and fast or there will be vacant buildings...just one person's opinion.
just a thought

Clarksville, AR

#5 Mar 17, 2010
Personally I quit going to Fayetteville a long time ago. It's too hard to find parking where you won't get towed. One time I got "pulled over" because I pulled into a parking lot to make a cell phone call, I wasn't even planning on parking, I just wanted to get off the road. The female officer had a very bad attitude and made me leave even though I was not parking. So I held my cell phone high and drove with one hand in bumper to bumper traffic(I tried to do the right thing).
The other thing that made me quit going to Dickson street is the cover charges at the bars. I am not going to pay $5-$10 to walk in the door and be charged $5-$10 more for 1 drink. So if you add cover charges for parking spots I suspect you will see a huge reduction in business. Do the math, by time you get your first watered down drink you will spend around $20 or more. For $20 I can turn on the radio and get a several people drunk at home.

Fort Smith, AR

#6 Mar 17, 2010
Fort Smith has paid parking downtown and it's a ghost town now. No businesses are "thriving". I won't pay to park when I can go other places and they have free parking.

Eureka Springs, AR

#7 Mar 17, 2010
I run a bar on Dickson, and do not want to see paid parking unless it is very inexpensive and directly results in a parking deck. The City must show how this will benefit the area long-term, and not kill Dickson in the next couple of years. It seems like a grasping way to make a dollar off of the entertainment district, which will merely decline in profitability as less people are inclined to come and pay. The City also generally pays no attention to the employees of Dickson, so I was also wondering how their parking will be handled. Remember, there are at least 100 people working on Dickson any given day.

Greenbrier, AR

#8 Mar 17, 2010
No paid parking in Fayetteville! I stay most of the time in Eureka and the pay meters there are expensive, I wouldn't say that it deters business but if you come for a nice visit to Eureka and get a parking ticket that kinda sours the fun of it and will impact your decision to return.
Martha Haguewood

Fayetteville, AR

#9 Mar 17, 2010
I do not believe that paid parking on Dickson Street is a wise move. Businesses are already feeling the economic "crunch" and if you force patrons to pay for parking they will choose to go elsewhere to spend their money. People who work in the establishments both on and off Dickson Street cannot afford to pay for parking. Their employers will not let them off work every hour or so in order to "feed the meter." I patronize Dickson Street establishments and the Walton Arts Center but I would cut back on going to Dickson Street for dinner or the theater if I had to pay for parking. Not that I can't afford to pay for the parking, it is that I would choose not to pay and avoid the hassle. Is the city trying to drive customers away from the businesses on Dickson Street? This is not a wise move! You need to reconsider your decision and not ruin the local economy of these businesses.
abercrombie dude

Siloam Springs, AR

#10 Mar 17, 2010
So you're saying they're gay?
Former Patron

Fort Smith, AR

#11 Mar 17, 2010
I'm not bothering going there anymore. The allure has pretty much worn off anyway, and parking always was a nightmare, this will only make it worse. If I had a business down there in 'the entertainment district' I'd pretty much be ready to kiss it goodbye. Oh, and by the way; it seems the term "wants feedback" actually means "is doing it no matter what you say". Welcome to America.

Fayetteville, AR

#12 Mar 18, 2010
I would agree on the wants feedback statement. What they wanted was input on how much to charge I suppose. If you are going to visit, with a date, go to a club to hear music, you will pay the probably $5.00 parking fee, probably $10 cover charge (which is by the way well worth it!), then if you drink anything, expect another 40-50 dollars. Not sure the everyday person can pay that, but then again, what city has valet parking or parking by number at the local church. Joni Mitchell said it best..."...put up a parking lot.." To me it's easy, put down lines where cars can park then let them park. Done deal...of course opinions are not really important in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Why is that?

Fayetteville, AR

#15 Sep 22, 2010
Parking charges are being applied in two different ways depending on where you park, one of which almost always cheats the parking customer. There may be a legal problem in this application. Though I believe the entire program of paying to park should be abandoned, if it is to remain it must be done the same to any customer. If you park inside a lot, such as the WAC parking lot, you only pay for the time you are there. If you park on the street, you are forced to ‘guess’ how long you’ll be, and then go buy that much time. Of course the bad part is that if you stay longer, you risk a ticket or you must stop what your doing and ‘guess’ again how long you’ll be, and go buy more time. The criminal part is that if you over ‘guess’ your stay you lose money each time you park. There is no refund policy for unused parking time, and it could be accommodated easily. The city doesn’t make me ‘guess’ how much water I’m going to use and pay for it if I do or not…in fact tell me one business that operates that way.
The 6 of us

Springdale, AR

#16 Jun 12, 2012
I was towed tonight for parking in a space and the machine would not accept my payment. $20 bucks for a cab and $65 for being towed is unbelievable. I will never return to Dickson Street and the 5 friends I was with all feel the same. Good Luck with the Dickson Street parking business. We're all moving our entertainment dollars to Rogers Arkansas. Fayetteville Sucks.

Fayetteville, AR

#17 Jun 28, 2012
maybe the city can compromise? what about free parking after 7pm? i do think the new machines are way to complicated i went to the used book store a couple of weeks ago realized there was a machine out side walked back to my car to find some change because im a debit card kind of girl walked back to the machine thought i figured out how to use it but obviously not because i didnt get my change back...then turned to go in the bookstore and saw the sign on the door that said free parking until 2pm!! what was wrong with the other machines???
Not a dem

San Antonio, TX

#18 Jun 7, 2013
The worst parking can't pay due to crap that don't work then get a boot.... Move it all north to Bentonville

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