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A pilot parking program for Second Saturday Art Walks that would have affected Midtown street spaces is dead in the water, a staffer from City Councilman Rob Fong’s office confirmed Thursday.
The program would have limited parking from 16th Street to 29th Street, and the south side of G Street to the south side of I Street to “residential only” parking on Second Saturdays. All other vehicles would have been limited to parking for two hours.
“There’s not a lot of support for the program in our area,” said Julie Murphy of the Marshall School/New Era Park Neighborhood Association.
The association sent a letter formally opposing the pilot program to Fong on June 11, stating that similar ideas had been discussed twice in the past, with
the most recent
one being voted down in 2007.
Murphy added Friday that, according to residents, the second parking restriction was voted down in 2009.
Murphy said one of the chief issues residents had with the program was that if they wanted to have visitors over on Second Saturdays, they would have been limited to one visitor parking pass per home, and all others would have to park farther away.
Those sentiments were echoed by Asha Jennings, chair of the Boulevard Park Neighborhood Association.
“We did oppose the pilot,” she said. “We got as much feedback as we could from the neighborhood, and there were consistent concerns that it would just shift parking to different blocks.”
Boulevard Park formally voted to oppose the program Aug. 1, noting that temporary signage alerting drivers to the increased hours for parking enforcement would be ugly.
“There would be sawhorses with signs hanging from them up and down the block,” Jennings said. “It would be similar to how they put them up during construction. There were concerns about the aesthetics of that.”
Parking Services Manager Howard Chan was unavailable for comment on Thursday.
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