The wheels of government turn slowly, so now is the time for Eugene City Council to look around an make their plans for Christmas 2008. I think they should plan now to forego their parking revenue for four weeks next December. Free downtown parking from Thanksgiving until Christmas in 2008. Why not? Cities do this all across the country. It generates good will among shoppers and merchants. It also generates sales. If they plan for it now, they can build it into their budgeting and priorities for the coming year. For all the grousing about parking downtown, it could be very useful to have a month where the parking was free to see how different things might be. Or not. But if we plan it well, by January, 2009, we’ll know.