The problem is that Moab does not have enough parking spaces this time of year – and “this time of year” is getting close to about eight months these days – or any time of year when the Moab Arts and Recreation Center has a big event, or sometimes any time at all, just because.
It is much worse since the person who owns the property next to the Moonflower Market and the Twisted Sistas’ Restaurant blocked off parking there with the intention of selling that lot to a hotel/motel developer. Employees and customers of the health food store and customers of the restaurant used to park in that lot, and the food delivery truck for the health food store used a door on the side facing that lot instead of parking in the front, the only option now and which consumes three parking spaces.
That lot would make an ideal city parking lot. I’m not talking an old-fashioned, ugly parking lot with bare asphalt, but a parking lot lined on the front with nice shade trees, and parking islands inside the lot, also planted with nice shade trees – perhaps even a tiny park at the back near the alley.
Remember, the few parking spaces on this street are serving residents and their visitors, the health food market, the coffee shop, the restaurant, the Forest Service office, often the MARC, sometimes overflow from both the county council building and, more often lately, Main Street.
I’m sure that property isn’t selling for pennies, but parking in this town is becoming increasingly difficult, and “shopping locally” is becoming increasingly difficult because of it. The city should investigate the possibility of putting a parking lot there.