Yes, we know we need
parking meters around the Square. Without
meters, all the parking spaces would be taken all day by Rapid Transit
riders and store employees.
For a long time folks have asked for
free short-term parking at the Square. I remember it being requested at the open
meeting called by SHAD in February 2004.
For months this page asked for them. We
know of other shopping areas, including the part of
Larchmere Road that is in Shaker Heights and Coventry
Village in Cleveland Heights, that offer free short-term parking.
Then it happened!
Some time early in 2007, with no fanfare or
announcement, more than 60 parking meters all around the Square
were changed. Now the meters have a new small button which, when
pressed, will give 15 minutes of free parking.
happened so quietly
that though I park at the Square often, I
kept feeding those
Fifteen minutes isn't
a lot of time. But
it is enough time to drop off your dry cleaning or
get a cup of coffee in the morning, to use one of the
many ATMs around the
Square, or to pick up a take-out order on the way home.
It's not just about saving a dime. It's a
courtesy — a small gesture that says
welcome to the
Thank you Coral
City of Cleveland to change its parking meters along Shaker
Boulevard the same way. In April
2007 our Ward 4 Councilman Kenneth Johnson said he
would work on this.
For the Coral
Company to make the same improvement in its meters
in the northwest quadrant, behind Grotto, Lake Erie
Artists Gallery and