So this has been in the planning stages for the better part of forever it seems, and now I’m getting information from various sources that it is happening. On the West Side, residents will finally be able to get parking stickers and park on the street all night, beginning July 6th. Residents in the designated area will be receiving letters from the Parking Administrator (Ernie Carlucci) by the end of this week.
A public meeting will be held to explain the system at the Public Safety Complex on Dean Street June 22 at 6:00pm.
Patrick Ward has this to say about the program over on UrbanPlanet:
Honestly, this is a big deal for PVD. It will improve the quality of life for hundreds (if not thousands) of people living in the city.
- No more getting up in the middle of the night to move cars.
- No more paving entire yards for parking.
- PVD will become a greener city with more trees!
- Reducing paved surfaces means less runoff/pollution in our rivers.
- More cars parked on the street act as a deterrent to speeding and reckless driving.
- Cars parked on the street act as a buffer between street traffic and pedestrians on the sidewalk.
- Also, there are roughly 2500 units of housing in PVD with no off street parking. These buildings typically fall into disrepair because they are less desirable to rent/own. They become magnets for blight and crime (even in good neighborhoods).