City leaders are excited about the proposal to build two new parking garages on the former mall site. Most towns don’t have any parking garages, but Bristol/Forestville will now have three, if the facility used by the Police Department and the Court is included.
Speaking before a crowd of constituents the mayor proudly proclaimed, “Nothing like a good set of parking garages to revitalize downtown eh! If this is successful I can see us building a third and a fourth on the mall site too. We have 17 acres so we can keep constructing garages.”
Egor, the mayor’s spokesperson said, “Parking garages good, especially if people pay, parking lots bad, if people no pay, errrrrrrrr.”
City elders say they want to use the parking garages “to promote the town, the region, the state and the east coast.”
The Forestville based consulting firm of Landry, Issel and Escalante were hired to market and promote the parking garages. To that end they have begun updating the Welcome To Bristol signs located at the borders accordingly.
The proposal has its fair share of critics, however. “This idea is about as exciting as a toll booth,” remarked Betty Potter, a local democrat.
Editors of Public Parking Quarterly, the leading voice in the parking industry, believe it will be good for the area but concedes, “Parking garages leak, the concrete cracks, the lighting sucks, they’re impersonal, boring and drab architecturally. Not to mention tough to manage, massive driving hazards and crime ridden. It sounds like it is just what the community wants and needs.”