A byproduct of that is the loss of parking spaces.
For Chmiel, Gordon said, that’s been a major problem. “A lot of people go to him with their vacuums.” And if they’ve been forced to park some distance away, “They have to lug them there.”
Both men acknowledged the safety concerns. On the very date that the downtown plan was adopted in September 2011, Gordon pointed out, a pedestrian was killed crossing the street. At the same time, neither believes that this change will create any safety problems.