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Twenty-five years ago we had a
parking problem

According to un-named sources, the downtown hotel project will finally start construction in a couple of weeks. People who have been saying that Winters is changing may soon be correct. I joke that Winters hasn’t changed that much since I was a kid. Remember when we had an A&W Root Beer stand on the freeway, along with a Flying A gas station, right about where they want to put the freeway hotel? There were four places that sold groceries and three auto dealers, so yes Winters has changed a lot since the 1960s.
I wish I had a dollar for each time someone brings up parking to me. That great orator, retired mayor and teacher, Woody Fridae, likes to say “25 years ago we had a parking problem, no one was parking in the downtown.” I’ve repeated that line ever since I heard it. I hope I always attribute it to Woody, I wouldn’t want to be accused of plagiarism. Poor Melania Trump. No good deed goes unpunished.
Are we going to have a parking problem in our downtown? I hope so. What a great problem to have. We are adding viable businesses that support our community and have people wanting to come to Winters to spend the day or evening. Some even wanting to stay here for the rest of their lives. Just think, people wanting to make Winters their new hometown. I admire people who choose to live in Winters. A lot of us live here because we don’t know any better, and it is comfortable living where you were raised.
Can you imagine such a successful downtown where you would have to park two blocks away, say across from the post office, and walk downtown to enjoy an entertaining evening out? A place where you could have relatives and friends stay overnight without worrying about driving to Vacaville or Davis to find a hotel?
We are all watching as PG&E builds a new training facility that will not only bring students to Winters, but new jobs. Other businesses will follow and some day more people will be able to work where they live. What a concept.
The city has purchased a new bus that I’m hoping will make driving a car downtown a thing of the past. Most of us can walk, or ride our bikes now, but most of the time we choose not to. Old habits are hard to break but we can all learn to walk a block or two, or ride our bikes more often.
My permanent tenant and I drove around the new housing development last weekend. There are more houses under construction than I expected. Ireland Street looks to be almost fully occupied with other streets filling up. These aren’t cheap houses by any stretch of the imagination, so if Winters is getting too big for you, this might be a good time to put your home up for sale. If you plan on staying in Winters until you die, rising home prices helps us all.
I could hit a nine iron across from Main Street to Anderson, so I’m hoping that someday, soon, the roads will connect. Neimann is close to connecting, too. Maybe we should start a contest to pick which street connects with Main Street first. We could add in a date of completion category and we’d be all set. It may take awhile, but watch for an entry blank in future Winters Express editions.
Keep hoping we have a parking problem and have a good week.