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Sparse Parking, Scarce Shoppers

Lexi Carlsen, left, and Caitlin McHugh cross Sherman Avenue Friday while browsing Coeur d'Alene retail shops. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)

Shopping in downtown Coeur d'Alene may have hit a bump in the road. And construction signs. And traffic cones. And congestion on the streets. The season is starting out a little bumpy because of restricted access and parking caused by road construction and improvements, which have various roads temporarily closed or fenced off. Shoppers, as well as store owners and employees, have mixed feelings about how the process is affecting business now that the peak downtown shopping time has commenced. “I think that the timing of which they're doing this is just very bad timing,” said Charlotte Botelho, sales clerk at Lucky Monkey Trading Company/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Are you avoiding downtown this summer?

Looking For Parking In All The Places

From Lake City Development Corporation board meeting minutes from Wednesday:

Also during its regular monthly board meeting, Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association Manager Terry Cooper reported that a parking plan is in place to alleviate inconveniences imposed by the McEuen Park upgrade project. A free shuttle bus service from the Memorial Field area to the downtown is under evaluation, and other downtown lots managed by Diamond Parking will be open for public parking to accommodate for lost parking during construction. Cooper said notices will be provided to downtown business owners and visitors.

Question: Can anyone imagine the downtown parking mess we're going to have this summer?

OpenCDA Hyperventilates RE: McEuen

As I was walking out of the Team McEuen presentation last night, I joked with a member of the Lake City Development Corp. that I wondered what part Mary Souza or Bill McCrory were going to attack at today. It didn't take me long to figure that out. OpenCDA's hyperventilating about the cost of moving the parking into a double-deck structure that would include an underground level. OpenCDA sets the price tag at $82.2 million. Quoth: “An underground parking garage is a horrendous expense, even for a city that’s a dozen times larger than Coeur d’Alene. With the problems we have with the budget, a dearth of jobs, businesses closing, a high-tax/low-property-value economy, the reason for wanting such an expensive structure is not only illogical, it’s down-right foolhardy.” What? You expected OpenCDA to find any good in anything proposed by the Bloem administration? The blog's right that the impressive proposal unveiled last night will come with a ha-huge price tag. But I've seen this community do many impressive things during my 27 years here (Kroc Center, Lake City Senior Center, Cancer Center, Riverstone, Coeur d'Alene Library, Centennial Trail), despite gail-wind opposition from the naysayers. Improving McEuen Field will be no exception. You can read the rest of OpenCDA's screed here.

Question: Do you think proposed upgrades to McEuen Field can be financed without raising taxes?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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