The News recently reported a study that advised raising city parking rates up to 62 percent.
Our leaders have actually spent $100,000 to be told that people will shop downtown, work downtown -- if only they can pay more to park!
With that kind of decision-making it's no wonder so many people are going to the suburbs to shop, and even to live. Perhaps Buffalo should try closing down all of its north and south streets. Maybe that would bring more traffic downtown.
Just stand in the middle of once-bustling Main Street in the early afternoon and look around you. There's nothing there. We've succeeded in getting traffic off the street, and along with it the shoppers -- and any hope of recovery.
A word of advice for the Buffalo powers-that-be: The next time you have $100,000 to throw away, throw it in the direction of the City Mission or the Salvation Army. At least there it will have done some good.
DONALD F. MESLER