Why parking on Tenerife for la Longuera remained a business problem to solve.
Parking on Tenerife is a delicate matter, anywhere on the island.
Icod de los Vinos showed so first
A few years ago, heads were heating up in Icod de los Vinos. Customers stayed out at the shops in the main village road after it had been turned into a pedestrian zone.
People who owned a business in La Longuera Toscal remembered this. It became an issue when this important suburb of Realejos by Puerto de la Cruz was revamped in 2012 and 2013.
La Longera business up in protest
Longuera business people didn't want a total pedestrian zone. They were affrayed to sell less, as space for cars by their front doors seemed to be so important.
Unfortunately, more and more cars emerged in the course of the last decades which started to create head aches. Then, La Longuera lost more and more income, while the Recession since 2008 didn't help either. Mind that this suburb with its 7000 inhabitants is bigger by population numbers than most Tenerife towns.
Big malls versus little shops in respect to car parks
Shop owners of this cosmopolitan settlement think that they are loosing out because of the big shopping centers. They maintain that convenient parking on Tenerife is part of good customer service. They point to the malls and centers, such as nearby La Villa Alcampo and Lidl which have ample space for cars by their premises. They feel like this is the main reason why their business declines. Of course, that's not all, you know...
The town planners augmented Longuera pavements to give bars, cafés and restaurants more outside space for placing tables. The result of this is an additional 50% loss of ground to park customer vehicles.
Obviously, the parking problem remains. The ideal would be that more people start to ride bicycles, instead. This is seen as normal in most towns in the Netherlands. However, Tenerife is rather hilly, which makes all the difference.
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