A compromise is possible

I always enjoy reading the Letters section in the Mountain Xpress. I noticed that the Grove Park Inn responded to a letter complaining about the new parking fees [“Shame on the Grove Park Inn,” Dec. 5 Xpress]. It would seem to me that a compromise could be reached between the locals who enjoy the gingerbread house displays and the inn's parking problems.

Perhaps a parking-ticket validation system could be started whereby any purchase of merchandise in the inn's shops or restaurants could alleviate some or all of the imposed fees. It seems like a win-win solution for everyone. My friends and I have stayed away from shopping and dining there, but this would go a long way to encourage us to return.

— Susie Johnston
Asheville

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