Debate Permit Parking in Lincoln Square at Public Hearing

By Patty Wetli | Monday, January 16, 2012

Your stance on permit parking likely depends on whether or not you have access to these beauties.

With the skyrocketing cost of metered parking, drivers are increasingly searching for bargains (ie, free parking) on side streets, adding further fuel to the permit parking debate. What’s the balance between too much and not enough? Anyone who thinks the amount is just right? Anyone? Here’s your chance to share your opinion. Ald. Ameya Pawar’s office will hold a series of public meetings regarding permit parking in the 47th Ward. The first, centered on the Lincoln Square area, will be held Wednesday, Jan. 18, 6:30 p.m., at Dank Haus, 4740 N. Western Ave., 6th floor Skyline Lounge.

The discussion will consider: whether to consolidate zones 132, 1048 and 92 into a single zone; the need for and timing of restricted parking; adding restricted blocks and the potential impact of that decision. If you have questions or concerns but are unable to attend the meeting, email Bill Higgins, the ward’s transportation expert.

A second parking meeting will focus on the northeast area of the ward, addressing issues surrounding Metra, and a third will tackle the remainder of the ward. Dates, times and locations for these subsequent meetings have yet to be announced.

There are 17 permit zones in the 47th Ward, and 134 additional restricted zones consisting of partial blocks.

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