From the Daily News:
With dozens of stores offering everything from fresh fish and produce to clothing, electronics and jewelry, downtown Flushing is a shopper's paradise.
But the parking is a nightmare.
The Main St., Kissena Blvd., Roosevelt Ave. and Northern Blvd. area is served by more than a dozen bus lines, the busy No. 7 train and the Long Island Rail Road.
Add to that thousands of people who pass through the doors of the Queens Public Library and the busy Flushing Post Office.
It's enough to send a shopper scurrying to Bay Terrace.
"I have had customers call who say they can't come to the stores because there is no parking," said newly elected City Councilman Peter Koo, who owns several drugstores in the area.
The massive municipal parking lot off Union St. is little help, Koo said.
"There are 1,000 spots reserved for commuters," he said. "They drive here and go to work. We need more one- and two- hour spots for shoppers."
The problems aren't limited to shoppers. Within a 1-mile radius of downtown Flushing, including Sanford Ave. and Bowne St., there are many tall apartment buildings. Many of the single-family homes have been knocked down and then replaced with multifamily dwellings.
And now there is lack of parking? Who could have foreseen this?