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Council Looks for 2000 New Parking Spots Downtown

Council Looks for 2000 New Parking Spots Downtown

POSTED: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 7:15pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 4:27pm

City Manager Joyce Wilson has a new assignment: scour the streets of downtown, looking for as many as two thousand new parking spots for frustrated commuters looking for a place to leave their cars and trucks during business hours.

City Council approved Representative Courtney Niland's idea to the extent that the city manager will make a survey and report back.  The new parking spaces, if any, would go at diagonals to the street curbs, accomodating more cars per block.

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The problem with angled diagonal parking is that both the person who is pulling out of an angled parking slot and oncoming traffic, for the most part, do not know how or when to yield. Everybody thinks they have the right of way and as a result nobody yields and accidents occur. I agree that parking is lacking downtown but that is usually the case in most cities. Angled parking is not the long term answer, in my opinion parking lots & centers with shuttle service is.

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