Last week the Collinsville city council voted to purchase the old post office property across from city hall in order to construct a parking lot. The building will be demolished. This is one of those projects that in the end, is a good idea. Collinsville's downtown has made a comeback with lots of people spending time in the various eating places. But there are only so many places to park along the street.
When a city has parking available the more likely people will come out to events than they would if they figured finding a place to park will be just too hard. Maplewood is about to have their Taste of Maplewood, a cool event featuring many of the newish places which have opened in that city. But after considering the difficulty that parking will bring, we'll probably just skip it. How and where to park is a big consideration when deciding on where to go.
Parking is important to the continuing vitality of a downtown and it's good Collinsville took the bull by the horns and went ahead with this plan.