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7/19/2011 10:05:00 AM
Editorial: Reserve downtown parking for visitors

Lynda Duffy
Former Editor

Our summer season is in full swing. While driving through downtown Williams, it is not difficult to see people everywhere. We welcome visitors to our region, and we must continue to assure our town is inviting so folks want to return.

Lack of parking in the downtown area has always been an issue. Through the years, alternative parking has become available, such as the city parking lot on the northeast corner of Railroad Avenue and Grand Canyon Boulevard. We encourage those owning businesses and those working downtown to utilize this parking lot rather than parking in front of their businesses. Please save parking for visitors, who will likely spend money if they are able to park and browse downtown.

Even though Route 66 and Railroad Avenue are one-way streets, remember that visitors are oftentimes unaware of this fact. Be sure to look both ways before crossing these major streets, especially during summer. Also watch out for pedestrians, who are no match against a vehicle.

Finally, be willing to share what you enjoy with our visitors. Help them if they appear lost. Tell them where your favorite places are to eat and drink. Share local secrets. Your kindness will be remembered, and may entice visitors to return.

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