As a downtown biz owner, one of the top complaints I hear is about parking – not how much, but the allocation, and the parking tickets. Can we clarify that, add better signage, and increase the two-hour limit? (Full question.)
We recognize that, as the downtown becomes more vibrant, parking is a critical issue we must address, ensuring that downtown employees and visitors alike have a place to park. It is a learning process and a challenge.
We have a pilot project coming, in which visitors can use a mobile app to extend their parking time. We are looking to try this on Michigan Avenue, at Riverwalk Centre, and in the State Street parking lot. Visitors would receive two hours free, and have the ability to pay for extended time.
We also are also working on improvements to our parking structures. We have plans for improvements to our existing structures, and to add another when we can afford it. Stay tuned for more information on all of these changes.