Whittier consultant proposes parking meters for Uptown area

Full story: Whittier Daily News

The days of free street parking in parts of the Uptown area could soon be over. A consultant's report has recommended installing parking meters on Greenleaf Avenue from Hadley Street to Penn Street, on Bailey Street and Philadelphia Street from Washington Avenue to Comstock Avenue, and on Wardman Street from Bright Avenue to Comstock.
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Sunrise Drive

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Nov 19, 2010
 

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It's not "a good way to help manage (parking) efficiently," it's just another way for the politicians and sorry excuses for city leadership to take even more money out of our pockets.
Village Customer

Pico Rivera, CA

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Nov 19, 2010
 
oH MY GOD YOU'VE GOTTA BE KIDDING!!! Greenleaf businesses are hurting and have been for years and now you want to start charging and ticketing just to park??? Way to kill Uptown you idiots! Whats next, charge admission to watch the Uptown Parade??? Keep killing off Uptown business and maybe we can get the Pussycat Theater and Que's back.
Mama Watts

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Nov 19, 2010
 
"I think there is a vision there," Hahn said.

I think I see her vision too.,...empty streets and more closed shops.

Sorry, But Uptown Whittier is not 90210,..If you start charging the locals to park in an economically repressed shopping district, they'll just go somewhere else to shop,and park, for free, like right down the road to the Quad.
Maybe actually -striping- the ground so you can "See " the parking slots would help. And encouraging some long term stores to actually stay Uptown,would also help.
Uptown has a lot of potential to be a kitchsy little Santa Monica ype ,pedestrian shoppping and dining area, if someone could manage to come up with a plan to do that and attract people Uptown...maybe a nice Day Spa.
The buildings are lovely to look at ,the area ralaxing, lets not spoil that with the threat of having to interupt you idealic lunch at a corner Bistro with having to dash up and run to feed a meter.
Very Bad Idea,Whittier.

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ole Bob

Downey, CA

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Nov 20, 2010
 
I have a message for the sweet cheeks at the Uptown association. You do not own the parking darlin' and any income belongs to everyone. Actually meters never produce what they say because people will hoof it two blocks to avoid watching the meter.

Perhaps if Nordbak had not built a $35 million dollar clubhouse for the police (where his son works) there would be money to build a multideck parking structure in place of the falling down at the heels vacant space there now.

Meters will scare off customers, and it is simply brilliant speculation (BS) of the first degree that this plan will improve parking.
apachendn

Whittier, CA

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Nov 20, 2010
 
Once again your right ole Bob, your starting to scare me, your finally making sense.......
angelica johnson

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Nov 20, 2010
 
What? Is this creative thinking? Mama Watts is correct! Whittier will lose the few shoppers that do go Uptown and the current store owners will lose the little bit of business they currently have. What Uptown needs is learning how to try and get new and innovative shops that will peak peoples' interest, making it easier for would be store owners to open up stores and changing the face of Uptown, no more empty storefronts. I remember how it was in the early '60s, bustling with people shopping, all kinds of stores and interesting little shops, now it seems that old Uptown is a series of nothing but restaurants! Make positive changes, not changes that are all negative!
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Nov 20, 2010
 
ole Bob wrote:
I have a message for the sweet cheeks at the Uptown association. You do not own the parking darlin' and any income belongs to everyone. Actually meters never produce what they say because people will hoof it two blocks to avoid watching the meter.
Perhaps if Nordbak had not built a $35 million dollar clubhouse for the police (where his son works) there would be money to build a multideck parking structure in place of the falling down at the heels vacant space there now.
Meters will scare off customers, and it is simply brilliant speculation (BS) of the first degree that this plan will improve parking.
you hit the nail on the head. so true regarding the police station. WHAT ARE THEY THINKING. THEY ARE REALLY GOING TO RUIN WHITTIER AND ALL THESE BUSINESSES WILL BE SHUTTING DOWN,
jameser

Pico Rivera, CA

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Nov 20, 2010
 
Maybe the city shuld start charging all those skin heads and other gang banger looking people to park them selves on the side walks and scare off even more people. This city sucks and keeps getting worse. There is nothing in the uptown area worth paying to park for. Good luck on this one.

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Downey, CA

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Nov 20, 2010
 
I seldom shop Uptown now. Put in he meters and I never will.

Drill here and drill now !
Council Does It Again

Pico Rivera, CA

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Nov 20, 2010
 
"The days of free street parking in parts of the Uptown area could soon be over. "
Should read:
"The days of customers coming to the Uptown area could soon be over."
California Voter

Pico Rivera, CA

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Nov 20, 2010
 
Mama Watts is right,Uptown is not 90210 but it will never be anything more than what it is now.

Uptown will never be Santa Monica, Pasadena, heck, even Birch Street in Brea. None of those shopping, walking, dining and entertainment venues is smack in the middle of a low socio-economic neighborhood like uptown Whittier!

Those areas are very family friendly. Uptown at night is just plain scary with the mix of gang-bangers, punk, and goth roaming the streets.

Parking is not the reason Uptown is struggling. Its the area around it.
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what a bunch of whining punks on this thread. Uptown used to have meters. no big deal. The problem with uptown is shop owners and workers park on greenleaf all damn day and should park in back. leaving the front parking for customers.
jameser

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Nov 25, 2010
 
dean wrote:
what a bunch of whining punks on this thread. Uptown used to have meters. no big deal. The problem with uptown is shop owners and workers park on greenleaf all damn day and should park in back. leaving the front parking for customers.
You must be one of those shop owners LOL... I have lived here all my live and I never remember Greenleaf having meters, what year was this 1920s??? Put in meters and they will loose even more business, more empty shops. Clean up the city make it a place where people feel safe to come and visit not scare them away with parking meters.
Zach

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Nov 25, 2010
 
Parking meters were located on most uptown core streets during the 50-60's and probably existed until the 70's.
I don't mind having a core of meters that offer preferred parking. Uptown is a money pit and somehow a retrofit must be fueled by a revenue source. How will the city pay for police and afford the security necessary to spark a revival?
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You must be one of those shop owners LOL... I have lived here all my live and I never remember Greenleaf having meters, what year was this 1920s??? Put in meters and they will loose even more business, more empty shops. Clean up the city make it a place where people feel safe to come and visit not scare them away with parking meters.
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Nov 26, 2010
 
Zach wrote:
Parking meters were located on most uptown core streets during the 50-60's and probably existed until the 70's.
I don't mind having a core of meters that offer preferred parking. Uptown is a money pit and somehow a retrofit must be fueled by a revenue source. How will the city pay for police and afford the security necessary to spark a revival?
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I agree Uptown is a money pit. The few businesses that are doing well have owners that know what they are doing and work hard. They also offer a product that is in demand.
As for the new Police station, it is long over due and needed. That facility was too small 25 years ago.
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Nov 26, 2010
 
The New Police Station has nothing to do with the success and revival of Uptown. Too bad the city didn't consider the use of the Banco Popular building as a new police station.

The socio-economic issues of the surrounding neighborhoods impact Uptown. New parking structures or parking meters on Greenleaf will NOT improve Uptown. And forget about new high density residential in Uptown, that concept may never materialize in a lifetime.

The city RDA or private development should aggressively purchase property and then develop R-1 or R-2 in lower uptown. New housing for displaced persons could be offered elsewhere in the city.
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Nov 28, 2010
 
Zach wrote:
Parking meters were located on most uptown core streets during the 50-60's and probably existed until the 70's.
I don't mind having a core of meters that offer preferred parking. Uptown is a money pit and somehow a retrofit must be fueled by a revenue source. How will the city pay for police and afford the security necessary to spark a revival?
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Thank you I knew it had to be early in the years I have been here for 50 years and never seen meters there...
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Nov 28, 2010
 
Zach wrote:
The New Police Station has nothing to do with the success and revival of Uptown. Too bad the city didn't consider the use of the Banco Popular building as a new police station.
The socio-economic issues of the surrounding neighborhoods impact Uptown. New parking structures or parking meters on Greenleaf will NOT improve Uptown. And forget about new high density residential in Uptown, that concept may never materialize in a lifetime.
The city RDA or private development should aggressively purchase property and then develop R-1 or R-2 in lower uptown. New housing for displaced persons could be offered elsewhere in the city.
I was replying to Ole Bob's comment about the police station.
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Nov 28, 2010
 
I do not believe in the concept- that if we build a parking structure,(or 4) they will come. If the city had revenue to support a parking structure then that would be Ill- spent- much like the police station.

The city ought to line-up a tenant or several before floating the parking structure concept.
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I was replying to Ole Bob's comment about the police station.
JM-WHITTIER

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Jan 1, 2011
 
dean wrote:
what a bunch of whining punks on this thread. Uptown used to have meters. no big deal. The problem with uptown is shop owners and workers park on greenleaf all damn day and should park in back. leaving the front parking for customers.
What a weak argument! You must be Sandra Hahn, one of the shop owners and President of Whittier Uptown Association. If your issue is that employees are using up the parking space and parking is not being used sufficiently, then why not ask the Whittier Police Department to enforce the 2 hour parking limit signs that are already in place? Wow! What an easy and neat solution! Meters will deter shoppers, if they do decide to stay and shop, they will be taking up scarce parking that residents use and create traffic for residential areas, not to mention, meters look ugly and will take away from uptown's natural beauty.
Sandra Hahn is only trying to improve her political clout and her storefront with the money from these meters, she said it herself in a statement to Whittier news. So then why don't we put meters at Whittwood and the Quad? I've seen employees use parking stalls that are right next to the stores they work at instead of parking further away....
NO ON PARKING METERS IN UPTOWN!

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