“What we have here is a failure to communicate.” That infamous line from the classic movie Cool Hand Luke comes to mind as I ponder the current administration’s most recent in a long line of communication lapses. I was at Noblesville Main Street’s Upstairs Downtown event last night, speaking with downtown merchants that I
know well. Turns out that these bags (pictured above) showed up on 19 of the 25 public parking spaces in the parking lot behind their stores last night. The bags say those spaces are now reserved for permit holders instead of open to the public. These are spaces that customers would normally use to park and at 5PM on a Friday afternoon they are suddenly bagged, with no warning or explanation. And, of course, good luck getting anyone to answer the phone at City Hall at 5PM on a Friday.
I presume this has something to do with the Levinson Building construction, which is closing a parking lot on the south side of the square for a year or so while the city builds a new five story tall mixed use building with below ground parking. I recalled that the city recently launched a “communications plan” for the Levinson project, and I figured there must have been something issued that warned downtown businesses that they were about to lose so much public parking. So I scoured my inbox but I can’t find a thing. There are plenty of links to glowing stories about the project and how good it is for Noblesville, but nothing about how the city expects current businesses to deal with losing more than half the parking spaces in a lot directly behind their building.
Whether this is due to the Levinson or not it is yet another shining example of the problems that have been created by Noblesville’s political establishment. Decisions made behind closed doors with no consideration to how they will affect people and businesses. Everyone knows parking is at a premium so to have 76% of a lots spaces made unavailable to the pubilc is a big deal. How many more spaces will be taken? Where will you park if you want to shop downtown and how many people will say “never mind” and choose to shop elsewhere further hurting our small businesses? Is this what our politicians mean when they say they’re going to “enhance” downtown. They talk a lot about how much they “love” downtown, they sure do have a funny way of showing it.
It’s common courtesy and good business to keep lines of communication open with your local business community, but I wouldn’t expect career politicians to understand that. That’s why we need a business owner who understands how things operate to turn things around. We desperately need a reset at City Hall. Fortunately there’s an election right around the corner.
Please vote for me, Mike Corbett. I’m a business owner and professional communicator who will bring new ideas, new energy and a renewed respect for you, and our small businesses to City Hall.