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May 23, 2018

5/2/2018 4:35:00 PM
Editorial: Parking Is Power

What seemed like a straightforward request by Sixth Ward Alderman Thomas Suffredin at Monday night’s City Council meeting erupted into something else, as alderman berated their colleague for suggesting that there should be a map denoting different parking areas throughout the City.

There are 137 miles of streets in Evanston, and many of these have exclusive or limited parking. While all residents pay taxes that go to the repair and maintenance of public streets, City limits parking in many areas. For example, parking on residential streets is restricted near the public beaches, business districts and commuter train stations. Residents in many of these restricted parking areas can obtain, for a nominal amount, a sticker that exempts them from the restrictions.

We think compiling and providing that information to the public would be a productive endeavor. It is difficult to see the harm and easy to see the advantage of having this information available to residents.

Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2018
Comment by: Jean SmilingCoyote

I agree that a map showing the different parking areas as described above would be helpful and sensible. Why would aldermen berate a colleague for suggesting this - unless they secretly wanted motorists to get more parking tickets or waste more fuel searching for legal parking spaces? If a government didn't want to provide such a map, private citizens could compile the information and present it at least online, in an Open Street Map type of endeavor. Some governments already provide maps showing better and worse bicycle routes. What's wrong with maps showing parking restrictions?

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