Allentown council should have parking...

Allentown council should have parking meter study done

There are 3 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jul 3, 2009, titled Allentown council should have parking meter study done. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Jarrett Renshaw's June 14 report about the Allentown Parking Authority's lucrative ticketing operations missed an opportunity to question the appropriateness of the location of hundreds of parking meters in center city.

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Allentown, PA

#1 Jul 3, 2009
"The problem is that shopping and employment patterns drastically changed decades ago, and nobody has examined whether the meters continue to serve their intended purpose. If meters were removed from the 900 block of Chew Street, for example, would PPL employees abandon the parking decks the company developed in recent years in favor of curbside parking?"

PPL employees pay a monthly fee ($20+) to use those parking decks. So it’s possible some of them would use that free curbside parking.

Slatington, PA

#2 Jul 3, 2009
Liberal Democrats should institute a parking tax. Because we all know that taxation, not better spending, will cure us all.

Seoul, Korea

#3 Jul 4, 2009
If Allentown was wise, they would go to residential zone parking for entire city. They should then also eliminate 1/2 of all meter parking in the city and implement 8 hour parking. This allows someone to visit and stay all day for a birthday or overnight for a guest.

It then should sell its garages which are mismanaged and have private owner aggressively seek long-term competitive monthly leases with potential clients.

This money should gained by APA should then be redirected at multiuse facilities that combine retail and parking in other areas of city that have a supply/demand imbalance. You then set the lease/rental rate a low level to build up volume of usage for a secure garage facility over street parking.

APA has made some progress. My own view is their is plenty of parking available downtown. What isn't available is 24 hour parking with lighting and security cameras and mobile APA security.

This means they should be able to eliminate all meter parking west of 10th Street. Hence only meter parking from 9th and Walnut to 4th and Chew. This is 20 square blocks where it should be mix of 8 hour parking and special handicap spots as well as 15 minute parking for high turnover areas.

Get it right Allentown. Why corner yourself continually into a disadvantage as compared to Bethlehem or the suburban shopping malls.

Parking Authorities were never intended to be revenue centers, but to be solutions for supply/demand imbalances so that long-term parking garage and parking lots could be acquired to alleviate.

It is also critical that Allentown not grant variances on parking requirements for new buildings or conversion buildings into new uses. When an occupancy for a converted row home into 4 apartments occurs, it should not be grandfathered as residential, but now as commerical real estate/multifamily housing with all requirements for parking.

If a smart developer would come along, they would start buying these row homes, decovert them from apartments, add garages, if none, install security and rehab them.

Once recession is over, they should be able to take these $80,000-$100,000 units and then sell them for $190,000 from area of 12th Street to 17th Street.

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