This is a golden time to be part of Downtown Tuscaloosa, as there is a process that has started today that will TRANSFORM what is widely known as the Temerson Square area. This has been an area with very random parking, random plants, and just looked a little tired. 4th Street in Downtown Tuscaloosa doesn't really line up like it should, but now all of those issues are going to be corrected.
This transformation is only going to take around 90 days, and in those 90 days, people that come Downtown can really help by having a little extra patience, a little extra awareness, and a great attitude toward the future.
Imagine parking, and having a sidewalk to use instead of walking down the middle of the road. Imagine a wheelchair not having to be on the road because of new, accessible sidewalks. Imagine parking spots with actual lines to park between. Imagine street-scaping that makes our beautiful Downtown. All of this and more is being worked on as we speak.
Employers and managers of the workers of Downtown Tuscaloosa businesses, communicate with your people the process that is taking place, and start training for the future now. This is the time new habits can be taught and learned. The time when the customer is placed at the forefront, and everything your business does is geared toward the customer. Set the example yourself by practicing what you teach.
On behalf of the public that businesses in Downtown Tuscaloosa serve, we would ask that all businesses utilize the Intermodal Parking Facility (Parking Deck) for business parking. Leave the spaces on the street for the customers of our businesses. Have respect for the businesses next to yours by instructing your staff to utilize the deck for parking.
In the area under construction, the deck is less than a 4 minute walk. The recent Downtown Parking Task Force was provided with information that there are a minimum of 200 spaces available at any time of any day. Habits can be changed now.
There comes a time when we have to help each other. Like it or not, you are part of a "we" somewhere, and if we can come together right now during the transformation, and then maintain cooperation going beyond, imagine what transformation might come next!
the makers market
401 22nd Ave
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Northport Gazette (6/15/2016)
Sent a copy of our note to The Northport Gazette, and they published it! I wonder if Tuscaloosa News will.....