Downtown / East Side get 24-hour parking areas
This week the Milwaukee Common Council's Public Safety Committee voted 4-1 to recommend adoption of an ordinance that would make permanent a program allowing residents who live in or near Downtown and on the East Side to park for five days consecutively on city streets without fear of tickets or towing.
Ald. Bob Bauman created pilot 24-hour parking legislation in 2007. If approved by the entire council on June 16, the ordinance would be in effect from March 1 to Nov. 30 annually.
"We are talking about a large, densely populated residential area where street parking can be a dicey proposition, and it is made worse by the city requirement that all vehicles must be moved at least once every 24 hours," he said. "In effect, this ordinance will allow resident who walks or takes the bus to work to keep their vehicle parked on the street (Monday through Friday) in one place until they need to drive on the weekend," said Bauman in a statement.
The ordinance designates streets bounded by and including East North Avenue, North Prospect Avenue, East Juneau Avenue, North Milwaukee Street, North Water Street, East Kane Place, North Warren Avenue, East Boylston Street and North Cambridge Avenue, as well as the streets within the rectangle bounded by and including East Juneau Avenue, North Prospect Avenue, East Wells Street and North Milwaukee Street as covered by the ordinance. It would also include the one block of East Juneau Avenue from North Prospect Avenue to its bluff top eastern terminus.
Ald. Nik Kovac is a co-sponsor of the ordinance.
Why doesn't everyone just take the magic bus to work and quit polluting the environment by driving big, bad cars? Better yet, why not pedal to work? It is only 94 today! What about a Segway? Were they not supposed to revolutionize urban transport? Sorry, but I'm not sympathetic. People who choose to live/work/play on the east side and downtown know what they are getting into by going there. Having fewer parking areas would lead to better traffic flow (fewer cars *and* more lanes) and Milwaukee would be a better place. Private residences and businesses should provide parking and enforce that it is only for their usage. That's a legitimate revenue generation opportunity for the parking checkers. Rolling around and illegally parking little Jeeps is not.
This is great news. I know Alderman Bauman had been working on this for a while so it's nice that it finally may go through. This wold be good for people who also travel and leave their cars for three or four days on the street. Now we just Residential Parking permits. Thursdays during the summer and especially during Bastille Days, finding a parking spot around our place is a competitive sport. During Bastille days, we just don't move our cars for almost four days. Alderman Bauman told me that residential permits are not allowed in Wisconsin. It works well in areas of Chicago, I don't see a reason why it wouldn't work here.
Hopefully, this will extend to the Fifth Ward, where parking checkers and tow trucks - like sinister swarms of hornets - relentlessly terrorize residents in this growing community at all hours of the day. Even those with night parking permits find themselves in the city's Kafkaesque violation bureaus, battling undue citations that should never have been issued. And if it's not the parking checkers, it's the smash-and-grab thieves knocking out car windows every night of the week. It's ironic that a city who can't offer police patrol for the neighborhood (non-revenue generating) can allocate such massive numbers of parking checkers (revenue generating.) Very discouraging for the continuous growth of this neighborhood.
are-gee | June 5, 2009 at 11:35 a.m. (report)
Fantastic news. My husband wrote to Alderman Kovac last month as the parking checkers were going crazy marking and ticketing cars on Prospect. (A last-blast attempt at revenue generation before the new ordinance passes?) We agree with every reason this ordinance is on the table, and thank Mr. Kovac and the Common Council for making this recommendation. In the future, we'd like to see some accommodations made for those who park motorcycles on the streets. There currently isn't so much as a formal day parking permit for motorcycles. We'd also like to see accommodations made for small business owners in our neighborhoods who don't have parking lots and park on the streets during their business hours. Heretofore, they are not allowed day parking permits and technically have to move their vehicles every two hours to avoid being ticketed. Let's make it easier for these good folks who pump dollars into and enliven our neighborhoods. Esteemed members of the Common Council, please pass this ordinance on June 16th!
i hope proper signs will be placed in the streets stateing this new policy.
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