The girl behind the coffee shop counter wasn't at all shy about telling me and the gentleman I was meeting with that he shouldn't be worried about leaving his car parked on Division Street for more than two hours.

After all, she said, she parked there for her entire shift every work day and had never so much as seen a parking ticket.

I'd heard talk that while leaders in the business district want additional downtown parking — an amenity they say wil attract shoppers — the area's employees are often the ones taking the most coveted spaces. And for prolonged periods of time.

With the City Council set to discuss funding and locations for additional downtown lots next week, it's time for the district's business leaders to ensure they — and their employees — are leaving as much room as possible for potential customers.

-Reach Suzanne Rook at 645-1113. Follow her on Twitter @rooksuzy.

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