My friend Mark at PrivacyStar upstairs thinks I talk too much about parking. Well, Mark, here I go again...
Archaeologists confirmed today that bones found under a car park in Leicester, England, are the bones of Richard III. I think a car park is like a parking deck or a pay-to-park lot, right?
If back in 2003 and again in 2008, we'd actually built the $4.5 million parking lot in Downtown Conway that was proposed(http://old.thecabin.net/stories/033008/loc_0330080009.shtml) then I would protest digging it up to uncover royal bones. A downtown parking deck would be too valuable to destroy. (Especially for crazy Richard III - a great play but a terrible king and a murderer who'll end up getting entombed as a royal hero.)
Parking is a good problem to have. The need for a parking deck is a sign of a growing, vibrant and active downtown. I think it's time to put a parking deck back on the agenda. And if we need to say that there may be some bones buried on the southwest corner of Front and Main streets, so be it.