Sunday, April 26, 2009
R. I. P. Downtown Longmont Parking Garage
The Times-Call editorial got it right today (Sunday, April 26): it's time to walk away from the downtown Longmont parking garage idea, and move on to something more productive. (I've stopped putting links to actual Times-Call articles because they seem go bad after a few months, making this more difficult to read in the future).
Mayor Lange has said before (and I agree) that people have no trouble parking downtown for large events, like parades and festivals.
My favorite, less capital-intensive downtown project that I've heard about: turn the Longmont Theater downtown into a multi-use facility, much like Loveland's Rialto Theater. Show movies, let local and touring musical acts play there, stage some teenage "battle of the bands" or talent shows, bring in some comedy acts, do some children's shows, hold more film festivals there, etc. Yes, the theater is for rent now but I guess the rates need to come down a little, which perhaps the LDDA can help with.