The Gazette reports that the Department of Public Safety will hold a public meeting on Thursday, November 21, at 6:30PM at the City Center to gather public input as the city prepares to seek proposals from outside consulting firms that specialize in municipal parking issues.
The article points out that the city’s success as a tourist destination means that although the city has about 2,300 public and private parking spaces in or near downtown and three parking garages, nearly all those spots are often taken even on weekdays.
Solutions proposed in the past such as charging for public parking have been dropped after being met with resistance. While the new City Center garage will be one answer to the problem, in the short term it will contribute to the problem temporarily taking away spaces in the High Rock Avenue lot during construction.
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