For a city that hopes to prosper, parking is an amenity just like streetlights and police patrols.
That's why Hagerstown and its development partners must push ahead with plans for a South Potomac Street parking deck.
For an area that seems to have rock under every square foot of land, the developers of the parking deck recently were surprised to find that the deck site doesn't have enough rock underneath it to support the large pilings originally proposed for use there.
Instead, the project will require many smaller pilings, which will add $600,000 to the $2 million-plus project.
It's money that must be spent because of the commitments already made to create an arts-and-entertainment district on South Potomac Street.
Plans have been drawn, developer Vincent Groh has donated the old Henry's Theater for renovation into a school for the arts and developer Don Bowman is renovating long-vacant buildings into office space and erecting a new structure that will house a restaurant.