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Downtown parking lot gets redesign

Newell says Parkersburg lot will be unique

September 4, 2013

PARKERSBURG — An under-construction parking lot at Seventh and Juliana streets will feature a unique design, the mayor said on Tuesday....

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Sep-06-13 12:30 PM

Ouch...I have a feeling someone's about to be found out...

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Sep-06-13 9:05 AM

Young Ms. Brooks, let me know when you finish with the LEO of the day and I'll gladly meet you to show you my credentials.

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Sep-06-13 8:21 AM

Aaron is right. Concrete is the better option, and it's common engineering degree required.

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Sep-05-13 8:14 PM

"...which will use a combination of blacktop, pavers and a kiosk...

They should be responsible and use concrete instead of blacktop as it is a much better product, is better environmentally and when life cycle cost comparisons are used, is cheaper.

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Sep-05-13 8:02 PM

Downtowns worked in the old days because lots of people walked. Now everyone wants to drive up to a window or park two feet from a door.

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Sep-05-13 12:59 PM

Myth, I agree that Marietta is different, but look at the money Mtta spends on tourism promotion and events. They've figured out how to get businesses and shoppers downtown, and thank God it's worked. However, the majority of "Main Street" in the US has dwindled away to nearly nothing.

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Sep-05-13 11:29 AM

Main Street isn't dead. Look at Marietta.

What downtown Parkersburg needs is businesses to draw people in.

It can be revitalized but its going to take a the right approach to do so.

One thing in my opinion that might be hurting the area is the amount of traffic going through downtown.

Its not very conducive to pedestrians moving around.

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Sep-05-13 8:13 AM

The plain and simple truth is that the days of "main street" are gone. No one wants the hassle of navigating downtown, when they can cruise Grand Central and stop at every destination more conveniently. Revitalizing downtown is a waste of money. It will never work, because times have changed. Take a look at the new businesses here and where they've chosen to build. It should be obvious to even you that downtown is dead.

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Sep-05-13 8:10 AM

4thebetter, we have plenty of parks. Why spend millions for another? If Bobby's civic center idea was so great, why not hold concerts there instead of building yet another park? It's becoming painfully obvious that Newell is simply lining his friends' pockets in every way he can...Parking? I've NEVER had an issue finding a spot downtown. Of course, there's nothing really there worth visiting (except my favorite cupcake/dessert shop). We have a parking garage downtown that suits the needs just fine, except some people are too fat and lazy to walk from the garage to their destination...These oil and gas folks aren't gonna frequent "dance halls", rather bars and restaurants, which are plentiful in Vienna and Marietta, so what reason do they have to go downtown? You claim the user tax keeps business taxes low, so why not adjust or eliminate the B&O tax to encourage businesses to locate downtown?

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Sep-04-13 9:25 PM

So "complainer" , based on your economic theories, wouldn't a "User Fee" diminish "quality of life" in this community?

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Sep-04-13 4:09 PM

The property was given to West Virginia University at Parkersburg in April by the Erickson Foundation.

Newell said city crews have finished their portion of work at the Seventh and Juliana site So, if the college owns it,why is the city doing the work? Who gets the fees paid to park there?

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Sep-04-13 11:29 AM

Well said: "RealityInTheMOV"

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Sep-04-13 10:07 AM

Planning for a future of parks and parking lots for businesses and people that won't stick around to use them? Sounds like pretty bad planning to me. Falls right in line with the Uptowner, baseball stadium, and numerous other "genius" ideas from Pothole Bob. Apparently our definitions of "Planning for the future" don't match up, because mine accounts for financial well-being now and for the years ahead.

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Sep-04-13 8:54 AM

Well said "citycomplainer13"

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Sep-04-13 8:15 AM

I've never in my life seen someone so enamored with parks and parking lots, especially with so many other MORE IMPORTANT issues facing the area.

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