There are many problems with the downtown area and its' self creation of such. Get rid of the parking meters which hinder business. I know that's a novel idea. Parking meters are supposed to aid in business by keeping appropriate flow of traffic. If one is late 2-3 minutes, one should not be penalized. The parking deck has become (and it was predicted) a public urinal and mugging site. The store owners don't even keep their sidewalk area(s) clean or pretty by putting out flowers. On the river walk there is a mini oasis where one can sit; but when I went there to do so several Sundays ago, I believe there were petty criminals living there. There are gang members all over the place. So move the petty criminals out, get rid of the gang members, take down the public urinal and mugging site; same with parking meters and residents (all residents of New Hanover County) and tourists can enjoy it and feel safe.
Common sense should prevail.
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