Local officials held a public meeting asking folks if there is an appetite for parking meters in the Uptown area.
An audit of parking in Uptown showed it was more common to see traffic backed up while people look for parks near the door instead of using parking garages. Following this, city and business officials proposed looking into parking meters as an incentive for folks to start using the free parking garages.
Several business owners and folks who visit Uptown voiced their opinions tonight. Many agreed with Kathy Tyson who works at Jimmy Jewelers on Broadway that there is an issue with parking, but she’s not sure parking meters are the key to solving the problem.
“A lot of our customers have already indicated they couldn’t afford to pay. A lot of them don’t even have a smart phone. They’re handicapped. It’s already an issue and there’s really no solution. We can’t even figure it out. But we’re concerned that they won’t be able to pay the parking so they’ll go elsewhere for business,” Tyson said.
Everyone who attended the meeting was handed a survey asking if they are for or against paid parking meters, also how should it be implemented.
Next month, the parking committee will present their recommendation to city council based on tonight’s public input and their own research.