Parking for Art & Wine festival dismal Around Town, posted by PA Resident, a resident of another community, on Sep 7, 2008 at 5:35 pm
Just got back from trying to get to your art and wine festival. The streets around downtown were so clogged up with cars that I am sure residents had problems getting into their own driveways. When we eventually found a public parking lot we discovered that it was coned off at the first entrance. We then discovered there was a $5 parking charge. This is appalling as Mountain View must have been getting $$$$ from the festival and charging for parking on what are usually free lots just meant that the cars parked on residential streets instead for free. If I was a local resident I would have been very upset.
Anyway, we couldn't find free parking, so went elsewhere for our afternoon art purchase. Sorry.
Posted by whatever, a resident of the North Whisman neighborhood, on Sep 7, 2008 at 7:14 pm
WOW-you sound like you really could have used a glass of wine-settle down now-I am sure with a little patience you could have figured it out and had a good time like the rest of us, but considering your mood we are all glad you chose to go elsewhere!! Have a nice day!
Posted by PA resident, a resident of another community, on Sep 8, 2008 at 9:12 am
Sorry, I didn't see signs saying the parking fee was for charity, but the initials don't mean much to me anyway. Having to fight our way through traffic to get there made us feel bad before we reached there.
Yes, public transport was an option, but we went straight after Church and had a later commitment which meant that we needed to be with our car, particularly as we had planned to purchase some artwork which may have necessitated a couple of trips back to the car. We have just finished a major remodel and were looking for artwork for several rooms. One of us actually work just off Castro Street and we had underground parking keys, but could not find our way there, too bad.
We went to the PA fair a couple of weeks back and enjoyed that, but had hoped to see some of the same artists as we had particular items in mind. We found the parking there much easier.
Posted by PA Resident, a resident of another community, on Sep 9, 2008 at 2:09 pm
The whole point of my post was to say that if parking had been free in the parking lots, there may have been less parking on residential streets.
Didn't mean to cause offence, just offering constructive criticism. Maybe next time the charity can raise money another way. I felt for the local residents who may or may not have been suffering with all the traffic outside their homes.