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"Fact or Fiction?", by Rachel Dickson
February 9, 2006: The Jackson-Today

The Dickson Gallery of Fine Art, Art Gallery Tennessee , Jackson Today Weekly Column by Rachel Dickson 

 

          Fact or Fiction?

 

 

     We’re spoiled.  Plain and simple.  After having parked my vehicle downtown for more that 450 days…I want to put this to rest once and for all.
    Admittedly, few of us actually get our daily quota of exercise right? And besides at our homes…where is it that we can park right outside the door of our destination?  The factory? The mall?  The columns?  Wal-mart? Yeah, right.
    Then why is it that our brains are programmed that we ought to be able to park right outside our destination/place of business when we’re downtown?  Because we’re spoiled.  Jackson is a city kind to its parkers.  No fees, and convenience abounds.  We don’t even have to pay to park at Oman Arena events!
    In a nutshell, here’s how parking works downtown.  Currently from Monday through Friday there’s free one hour parking.  Why?  This process creates a sort of revolving-door of vacant spaces if you will. Because if it weren’t limited to one hour and monitored by the police department…then we’d park our cars and leave them there all day. Business owners and residence would monopolize spaces making it even more annoying for the public to visit downtown.
    Don’t worry…I’ve paid my share of $5 parking tickets.  But I’ve found a really easy way to avoid future tickets.  Public Parking lots.  And the best part?  There’s a parking lot less

 

 

than two blocks from nearly every possible destination downtown! There are actually four of them.  One next to JEA on College Street, one across the street from Dixie Castle at the corner of Church and Baltimore, one across from the Carnegie at the corner of College and Church and one at the corner of Highland and Lafayette.
    It’s really rather simple.  Each morning I park at the JEA lot and walk through the alley (a very well-lit, benevolent alley by the way) between College and Lafayette Street which puts me right near the front door of my art gallery.  No worries about having to run out every hour to move my car (known amongst the locals as the “one-hour shuffle”), AND I get the exercise of walking two blocks each day.  In fact, I’ve found that parking at one of these public lots and walking across town is easier than circling the block for a spot regardless what my destination is.
    So the next time you visit downtown…park at one of the public lots and walk.  Your heart will thank you later.
     Dickson is the owner of The Dickson Gallery of Fine Art at 118 E Lafayette Street. She may be contacted by email at
rachel@dicksongallery.com or by phone at 423-9708.
 

 

 

 

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