As a native Kansas Citian, I am delighted in the revitalization of the Crossroads District.
On a recent First Friday, I found a coffee table at a wonderful shop at 18th and Baltimore. I went back to pick up the table and legally parked my car in the back while I went inside to pay my bill.
The lone proprietor and I carried the heavy glass table to the front door, and I then moved my car, backing it to the front door. Once loaded, I ran back inside to get my purse.
Less than a minute later, a Parking Control officer was writing me a ticket. I explained what I had done. She said I needed to park around the side, where there was no access. Frankly, it seemed she didn’t believe me, which was strange because there was a big piece of furniture in the back. She handed me the ticket and walked away.
I want to support these small businesses, but this officer — with city backing — made my experience so unpleasant and difficult.
Please, let’s ease up on some of these restrictions and make it easier for small businesses — and our city — to prosper.