Downtown parking may soon get easier

Downtown parking may soon get easier

POSTED: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 12:16am

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 10:30am

Would you like a little bit easier time parking in Downtown El Paso? City Council is working on it.

The City Manager now has the job of researching all Downtown streets to find space for as many as 2,000 new parking spots, which would be angled diagonally to fit more cars per block.

Council okayed Rep. Courtney Niland's idea today by asking for the study.

The proposal doesn't specify whether the new parking spaces would still make you carry a roll of quarters with you.

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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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