The $2-per-hour rate is certainly high for the local market. But it seems hard to believe that it is enough to keep tourists away from Main Street. A family traveling to Cooperstown from California, Michigan or even just from Albany or Binghamton, probably came to Cooperstown to visit the Hall of Fame — which is on Main Street. If they can find their way to baseball’s shrine, what’s to stop them from strolling down the block to visit some of the shops?
The parking system is not perfect. Technical glitches plagued the meters when they were brought online. And again, the fee may be a bit much for the local market to bear. But paid parking in Cooperstown is probably here to stay. Rather than fighting to get rid of it, we should just try to have the best system we can.