An aggressive parking program will turn people away from an area such as downtown Wilmington. Why? Because it is just as easy to go to Mayfaire or the Mall or any number of commercial areas throughout the County that don't charge for parking. The only time I go downtown (outside of work hours) is when the parking is free. If downtown Wilmington were the only destination in Town for restaurants, shops, etc., then it wouldn't be an issue. Now, go to Mayfaire any day of the week and they are busy all-the-time. And without the need for paid parking.
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