Privatization of public assets is good or the tapayers and local economy?
With parking in Harrisburg costing $3 an hour, many city restaurant and bar owners say business is taking a hit.
For one, happy hour in Harrisburg is nearly dead while Saturday business at many city restaurants and bars is down. At least one restaurant, Zia’s at Red Door is closing, partly on account of the higher parking rates, said its owner Rocco Roma.
“More people are going to start leaving Harrisburg in droves,” said Mike Moran, owner of MoMo’s BBQ & Grill on Market Street.
In March, digital parking meters went live in Harrisburg, bringing with them longer hours and higher rates. Meter rates doubled from $1.50 to $3 an hour with the times extended by two hours on weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m. In addition, parking rates are now in effect on Saturdays.
It used to be cars circled the block looking for a space to park, Moran said, adding now parking spots along the streets are plentiful, especially over the weekday dinner hour and Saturdays.