City official: Improving Poughkeepsie parking doesn’t require adding more spaces | Spectrum News

“It always comes back to parking,” Poughkeepsie Community Development Coordinator Paul Hesse said. “If your parking experience is good, your experience [in Poughkeepsie] might be good, and you’ll come back.”

Hesse said research done in the last year finds that out of 7,100 parking spots in this area, just half are occupied during the busiest time of the week, Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and noon. As for full lots just down the street from empty lots, Hesse said that can be addressed by adjusting prices, which is commonly known as “dynamic pricing.”

“If you’ve got a parking facility that’s being overly utilized, perhaps the pricing needs to go up there, and it needs to lower in some other facilities,” Hesse said. “So you’re letting the market push people to a different facility.”

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City official: Improving Poughkeepsie parking doesn’t require adding more spaces.