Stripe painting added to parking problems

Stripe painting added to parking problems

Many of us are aware that the city of Ashland powers-that-be sometimes (or often) make decisions that are beyond the ken of us mere mortals, but they recently outdid themselves. Headed to OSF for a play last Tuesday afternoon, I arrived at the Hargadine parking deck to discover that the entire middle level was closed due to re-painting of the stripes that designate the parking slots.

Now, I'm not sure how many cars that section holds (I'm guessing somewhere between 70 and 80) but every one of those cars had to find alternative parking. After driving around for what seemed like a very long time (OK, it was probably only 10 minutes), I finally got lucky when someone pulled out of a spot and I pulled in. In the lot that borders First Street, all the way to the post office. Although it was extremely hot, I managed to hoof it to the theater in time, but listening to the buzz around me I knew that I wasn't the only one with parking problems. A number of patrons had to be dropped off outside the theaters while their spouses went hunting for parking, resulting in several people missing the start of the play. They were not happy.

Oh wait, I'm not done. On Wednesday the lower level was closed for painting. That's where all the handicapped parking spaces are. I wonder how all those people with wheelchairs, walkers or canes managed.

My question to the city is: What were you thinking? You couldn't close the parking level on a Monday when the theaters are closed? All three levels could have been done then with very little disruption to the public. You had to choose mid-week when parking was needed the most.

On a positive note: the new parking pay stations are a vast improvement over the previous versions.

Chris Amorelli

Ashland

Don't re-do the Plaza and spoil the charm

Don't do a re-do. That funky little hub is quaint, charming and I'm guessing it pleases many of the people who come to Ashland to spend money and hang out. It pleases me, too, and the unique aspects of it contribute to my appreciation of the downtown area as a whole. Destroying all that funk and ambiance by modernizing it would be a big mistake that could then never be taken back.

I might even guess that the unspoken agenda behind the consideration of such a "revivification" is to make the plaza less hospitable to "undesirables." In view of the recent fire and the huge personal loss to several of the business owners there, I certainly can understand that the council wants to do something to ameliorate the situation; but in my humble opinion, killing the plaza's charm in the name of doing something would be a big irrevocable move in the wrong direction.

I truly wish I had a better idea to propose. Let's all think about this before we leap, eh?

James Chadwick

Ashland

SOU, JPR should legally separate

As a supporter of Jefferson Public Radio since 1969 as well as a friend of Southern Oregon University, it greatly saddens me that suddenly SOU is trying to take over an excellent radio station along with the station's other assets.

The solution to this problem is a legal separation. Let JPR moved to Medford and SOU will gain the basement of Central Hall without the liabilities of debts and maintain the friendship of KSOR listeners and underwriters. There is enough room and money for both in this area.

Mary Ruth Wooding

Ashland

Hostel rate for PCT hikers is $20, not $28

I really enjoyed the article that ran in your July 13 edition about the Pacific Crest Trail hikers. Like the swallows that come back to Capistrano, their appearance here every summer is always welcome.

I appreciated being interviewed and included in the piece; however, I want to suggest one minor correction in the otherwise interesting article. The room special rate for PCT hikers at the Ashland Hostel is $20 per night, not $28 as the article indicated.

Mairlyn Northcross

The Ashland Hostel