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City set to rule on Professorville parking permits

Original post made on Jul 12, 2012

Professorville residents might soon get more muscle in their irksome tug-of-war with downtown workers over parking spots in the historic district -- a parking-permit program that would limit visitors' stays to two hours. ==B Related material:==
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Comments (12)

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 12, 2012 at 11:15 am

This idea is not going to fix the problem, just shift the problem.

We need machines for hourly parking at all city lots. The monthly permits are not going to help someone who needs to park all day once a week, or everyday for a week, or just a once off visitor.

Get machines at all the lots, not just some of them.


Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 12, 2012 at 11:28 am

I would add to Resident's comment that it would make sense to implement both a parking machine program, as well as a residential paring permit program.

Otherwise we will still see people who will want to avoid paying for parking, no matter the convenience or relatively low-cost of the parking machines.


Posted by curmudgeon, a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

What parking problem?

Last I looked, downtown was right by the train/bus transit center. According to City Hall dogma, downtown workers take transit to work; they don't drive.

Don't those people at 250 Hamilton believe their own snake oil?


Posted by MadamPresident, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm

look at us, we view the world solely in terms of what is helpful or unhelpful for ourseleves


Posted by ResidentsFirst for parking, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Residents in Palo Alto needs to have rules about business/commuters and where they park. They need to have payments for parking. The garages should have low amt of money for certain amount of hours. Longer, get a ticket. Residents should have spaces for 1 or 2 spaces near their home or condo, for visitors.


Posted by Crooked Politicians, a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 12, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Palo Alto City Hall is corrupt. Kickbacks, contracts to family members, money for their political campaigns. Throw them all out.


Posted by anon, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 12, 2012 at 10:34 pm

[Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


Posted by Mike, a resident of University South
on Jul 13, 2012 at 6:48 am

I live in the University South neighborhood (between downtown and Professorville) and have never been surveyed.


Posted by Mike, a resident of University South
on Jul 13, 2012 at 6:49 am

While it's true that most Professorville houses don't have garages, most DO have off street parking.


Posted by voter, a resident of Professorville
on Jul 13, 2012 at 11:28 am

This doesn't begin to address the problem of the extremely unsafe congestion of the streets north of Embarcadero. Parked cars are routinely jammed into every inch, even beyond stop signs. It is nearly impossible to cross any street without being half way out into the street to see oncoming traffic. When you inch your car out to see, you take your life into your hands as the cross traffic speeds by, glaring at you. Most pedestrians and bicyclists are oblivious and are going to get run over! It is a big, fat mess. Maybe the city will be forced to address the issue on a macro basis when it is sued due to its negligence in its faulty, or should I say, non-existent planning.


Posted by Chatsworth, a resident of University South
on Jul 15, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Oh gee, what a wonderful idea - move the problem to adjacent areas. Talk about a NIMBY solution! It will just make parking in the University South neighborhood that much worse. Or is that the general idea, to simply throw the problem over the fence into a less worthy backyard?

If people park in Professorsville because of two hour time limits elsewhere, then simply get rid of the two hour time limits. Alternatively, the two hour street parking time limit could also be imposed in Professorsville. Better yet, build another parking garage. Some realistic city planning would be helpful. It worked in downtown Mountain View.

"The parking crush from living in a neighborhood adjacent to downtown Palo Alto is -- without question -- the most negative factor in our daily existence in Palo Alto"

So you move into a crowded downtown area, a place known for scarce parking, and then complain about people parking on the street? How brilliant...


Posted by Mr.Recycle, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 16, 2012 at 10:14 pm

@Chatsworth - the proposal is what you suggest - add a two hour limit in Professorville, during the day. Permits will let residents park all day. It isn't such a big deal.


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