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Re: “Critics Move to Block Overton Square Permit Parking Plan

I applaude the neighbors, city officials and the businesses who are working together on this. It sounds like a great compromise to maintain an established urban neighborhood where there's been an overnight success of a large (and growing) commercial district. As I read it, not every street will be permit only, just the ones with constant overflow from the bars and restaurants. That's not so bad. (After all, I can't think of too many people who'd want all hours of traffic through their neighborhood.) It's refreshing to read about a neighborhood partnering with each other and local groups to find compromises and solutions. Why aren't we supporting these people? Sounds like they're trying to maintain a quality of life for their families. I'll pay $3 to park in the garage for that.

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Posted by memphis38104 on 06/03/2014 at 5:34 AM

Re: “Critics Move to Block Overton Square Permit Parking Plan

Residential parking programs are common throughout the US, in large and small cities. The concept is not new, and it works well in high traffic commercial districts located next to residential communities. The issue here, so it seems, is the high cost with the new OS district. Most programs are within the $20 to $30 range, defintely not $50/vehicle. I agree with the other comments that, at the very least, the first vehicle should be free. After all, this is a pilot program, and should be fully supported by local officials, the businesses that rely heavily on supporting neighbors and the residential communities. I've seen first hand the high volume traffic that the neighborhoods are experiencing as a result of the huge success of OS. Residential streets are becoming parking lots day and night. I don't believe the city is trying to make money on this, but instead doing the right thing to ensure urban neighborhoods stay residential. That's a very good thing.

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Posted by memphis38104 on 06/02/2014 at 6:49 AM

Re: “Critics Move to Block Overton Square Permit Parking Plan

This isn't a new concept. Every major city (and many smaller) in the US has a residential permit program. The fee is high compared to other cities, but it doesn't mean it's a bad program, or an unwarranted one.

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Posted by memphis38104 on 06/01/2014 at 11:56 PM
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