In an article in the most recent issue of the Kingston Times, the future of the Pike Plan seems to be torn between those who see it as a needed resource to the area while others — mostly the building owners — are simply done with paying added taxes to keep it up.
Over the past week, I began asking friends and relatives who live elsewhere, but visit Kingston’s uptown area, what they thought of the Pike Plan canopies. Although not very scientific, I admit, most liked the overhanging structure. One friend from New York City described it as “unique” and “an interesting feature.”
However, trying to gain a fresh perspective on the Pike Plan, I watched cars driving down Wall and North Front from the corner of those two streets. In this unscientific study and observation of 20 minutes, over 40 cars drove by. Two stopped and parked. One person went into the health food store, two passengers from the other car went into Catskill Art & Supply. I guess for a weekday afternoon that’s about average.
Then I thought of the constant stream of cars heading to other places in and around Kingston such as the Plaza and the shopping centers on 9W. At the Plaza, for example, I would guess that most the cars entering the site are stopping to do business.
Someone once said that most of the cars taking up spaces in the uptown belong to people who work there. Of course many of the businesses — such as Hudson Coffee Traders and the other eateries — depend on these workers for income.
Still, I have to wonder why parking is less of a critical issue (to the success of businesses here) than the Pike Plan. Or is it?
— Arthur Zaczkiewicz