Many studies and opinion pieces have been written about how to attract businesses to Madison Street and keep them happy once they are there.

One way not to support businesses is to plunk down shiny new pay stations for parking along the street, which is what the village is currently doing.

I like to stop by Sugar Beet and pick up a few groceries. Will I now have to fumble for my phone or credit card to pay for this quick trip? This can only hurt many small businesses where convenience is an important factor. Not only do pay stations deter potential customers, they also push parkers into the neighborhoods.

Madison Street is still a developing area in terms of retail; businesses along its route should be supported and customers should be encouraged. This latest move by the village seems extremely counterproductive.

Karen Heller

Oak Park

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