On Dec. 16, I drove to Fairhaven to do some shopping and to meet friends for lunch in a local café, thus patronizing local merchants and supporting our local economy. I parked on Harris and spent 2 ½ hours shopping and dining. It would be more convenient, as well as more economical, to shop online and have items delivered to my door. I thought patronizing local businesses was the “right” thing to do. Finding a parking citation when I returned to my car felt like a slap in the face for doing something positive.
Imposing a two-hour limit on parking is a huge disservice to Fairhaven businesses. I find this time limit is arbitrary and unreasonable. Who decided, and on what basis, that two hours is the maximum amount of time I or others should be spending money in Fairhaven? If a limit is needed, I would suggest installing two-hour meters. In downtown Bellingham I can park at a meter and quickly run back to feed the meter if I need more time. In this case, though, I would have had to leave in the middle of lunch, walk two blocks to my car, get in and drive around Fairhaven to find a new parking space before walking back to the café and my friends! Seriously? That cannot possibly sound like a good option to anyone.
I sincerely hope my concerns will spur some second thoughts about this very unfriendly parking policy in the Fairhaven district by whomever has the power to revise it.
Karen Peter, Bellingham