brewcrew1000 wrote:How or why does this crap even make the news? You get a bunch of people in suburbs watching this and the most likely reaction is gonna be "Well I'm never going downtown again, won't be able to park"
You make a very good point. Journalism needs feedback. When you see dumb-ass stories like this, it is very useful to contact both the reporter and the news editor at the station or newspaper, and explain to why their story is wrong, stupid, or obviously a ratings teaser, and that it pisses you off that they do such stories enough to stop watching their station, or come to the conclusion that their reporting is lazy.
After the lady interviewed called for more parking structures downtown, the reporter could have followed up with a statement that downtown already has many public parking garages, and lots (40,000 spaces), near the streetcar line, which is free to ride. The news anchors also could have interjected at the end, and mentioned it.
The other obvious villain here is public works department spokesperson Beth Breitenstein, who while being interviewed failed to mention this fact. Bad public relations 101 (what not to do). Beth.Breitenstein@kcmo.org
I'm sure Beth is a lovely person, but in this case, she didn't do her job. Any City spokesman discussing parking problems should have automatically mentioned what I said above--before issuing any other statement. Meaning you begin the interview with that statement (40,000 parking spaces downtown--many near free streetcar), before you discuss other options like meter patrols, etc.
Also no mention of the parking app for downtown spaces, Parkmobile, that allows people without change to pay via phones.http://kcmo.gov/publicworks/parking/http://www.parkmobile.com/
Another one to contact would be contact Chris Hernandez, City Communications Director, at 816-513-3474, and mention to him that a City spokesman was interviewed and failed to remind people that downtown does have parking garages and a free streetcar, so that visitors can park in other locations and ride to their destination; that City spokespeople must always remind people of this because it creates a bad perception for downtown that causes people to avoid coming there.Chris.Hernandez@kcmo.orghttps://twitter.com/KCMO
Contact or CC: the mayor. He needs to be aware when City communications staff are failing to correct perceptions about parking, and provide information that promotes downtown visits. The Mayor of any city is the chief marketing officer.http://kcmayor.org/contact/contact-ushttps://twitter.com/MayorSlyJames
The reason to contact the mayor and head communications person at City Hall is that they have staff meetings, and this is an issue that needs to be discussed. Kansas City is a business of sorts in that it has to control its' image and marketing. For example, when people in the suburbs believe there is no parking downtown, they avoid the area. Thus, the City loses commerce. The Power & Light District is under-performing and the City is responsible for covering bond payments because there aren't enough taxes generated in the district. You see our marketing problem here? With this in mind, the City cannot allow their own staff, and the media, to perpetuate any myths about wide-scale parking problems downtown.
Yes, there are parking problems, but there are also solutions if people are educated.