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Parking Issues Discussed at 'Take Back the Boulevard' Meeting (PHOTOS)

Thursday’s public meeting tried to gauge the extent of parking problems on Colorado Boulevard, which is in the early stages of being re-engineered to make it more accessible to pedestrians and bicyclists.

A total of 19 people gathered Thursday evening for the fourth public meeting of the Take Back the Boulevard initiative at Eagle Rock City Hall.

Sponsored by the Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce, the meeting was aimed at discussing parking issues along Colorado Boulevard. Attendees included commercial building owners, entrepreneurs, residents and Field Deputy Nate Hayward from the CD 14 office of .

Besides recapping some of the information presented in past TBTB meetings and asking attendees about parking issues important to them, Thursday’s event focused on a key issue, according to Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce Vice-President Allen Yap: “Is parking a problem [on Colorado]—is it a problem at a specific time of the day?”

Yap, who runs ETY Parts, Inc., an automobile spare parts store on Colorado, said he told the meeting that he has “been on the boulevard for the past 20 years” and that from his perspective, the busiest time on the stretch of Colorado near his store is during lunch time.

“People who go to Colorado also worry about the cost of parking and about getting a ticket,” he said.

Photos by Herb West.

Marcus July 30, 2012 at 06:05 PM
The case then for metered parking seems a logical one, if indeed, employees from local businesses use it for long term (whole day) parking. And yes, a successful business most likely will be successful for something other than offering free parking. Maybe the answer is to encourage free short term parking - i.e 1 hour, and then patrons would have to pay after that? I've seen that in Pasadena in areas away from Old Town. Free on street parking for 1 hour periods at certain times of the day. Maybe metered parking is the answer in the long run. I just think we should consider all options before saying they are beneficial or not.
Savateuse July 30, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Agreed!
Savateuse July 30, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Okay that posted weirdly... I am agreeing with John's comment. Also, to respond to some of the other comments, most of Colorado Blvd. has a limit of 1 or 2 hr parking, whether metered or not. So just because there aren't meters doesn't mean you can leave your car there all day.
John July 30, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Businesses pay on average $100 a month per metered parking space bordering their location, especially if they don't have on-site parking. I think the meter revenue is run like a separate business and of it goes to paying the meter maids. Yes, two hour parking discourages employees from inconveniencing customers, but inadequate parking kills business. Before meters took atm cards, I once got two parking tickets in one day because I didn't have enough coins for an hour. I avoid certain businesses now. Santa Barbra and San Luis Obispo have great walking business districts integrated with low cost parking structures-architecturally and conveniently. Would love to see a parking structure and a busway bike and ped path along Colorado! But I don't want to pay for it!
Jeff July 31, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Added note, revenues fron the meters pay for the aquisition, building and maintenance of parking lots in the zone the meters are in, along with maintenance of the meters.

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