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Yesterday around 3 p.m., I had a couple of hours to kill while I was near the square.
I hadn't been shopping "uptown" in years so I decided that's where I would go. I was looking forward to visiting one of my favorite old stores, Saul's. Some of my fondest memories as a child were going with my mom there to buy shoes.
I circled the square four times and found no parking anywhere. I started going a block in each direction beyond the square; still no parking. I watched for people to come out of stores and head toward parked cars; they didn't.
I gave up. Very disappointed, I drove over to the mall.
I keep reading about a group that's trying to "revitalize" business on the square. Making it more accessible would increase business 75 percent or more.
How to solve this problem you ask? I have no idea. But it seems to me, we have enough "good ol' boys" on the payroll in Hall County that surely one of them has a solution.