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PARKatlanta Decision: What Would You Have Done?

How do you feel about the increase in fines?

The Atlanta City Council for motorists who leave their vehicles parked at expired meters.

The council's decision — approved Monday — came despite a steady chorus of concern from residents who, for the last several weeks recounted tale after tale of difficulties with PARKatlanta, the group hired by the city to run parking enforcement.

The city is looking to recoup $4 million it lost following an arbitrator's decision that PARKatlanta did not need to pay roughly 75 percent what it was originally contracted to pay the city.

Some members of the city council felt the city needed to fix the problems with PARKatlanta first, rather than reach into motorists' pockets for more money.

How East Atlanta Patch's City Council representatives voted:

  • Natalyn Archibong - No
  • Kwanza Hall - Did not attend
  • Carla Smith - Yes
  • Alex Wan - No

What do you think the city should have done?

Bob Crossett June 19, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Whoa! Wait a minute....Kwanza Hall was not even present for this very important meeting???!! Interesting he gives the right soundbites, but he is not even present for the vote. Unbelievable. We must take back our city...one council member at a time.
Darin June 20, 2012 at 01:18 AM
"I don't think people should have the expectation that they own the asphalt that runs along the front of their house" I like that line of thinking, Péralte. It would be difficult to shift away from the expectation of ownership (of a kind) of the asphalt in front of houses, but what you say makes good sense. People in intown neighborhoods sometimes do have too much of a suburban-subdivision-type expectation of ownership of the street. In my downtown condo building, we have 15-minute parking spots on two sides of the building for loading and unloading, then you have to actually park in a garage a couple of blocks away (our building has no dedicated parking). The unloading parking is a nice amenity and it's a shared one, so it doesn't belong to any one person. It's an access-versus-ownership thing and that works well.
Dominique Huff June 20, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Admittedly, when Atlanta Police handled parking enforcement, it was only enforced within the high density, high volume areas only (like Georgia State, hospitals, Buckhead, etc). When they had budget shortfalls, more of a priority was given to officers, patrol cars, etc rather than parking enforcement. This is the same argument that is made when cities want to keep police and code enforcement separately. Atlanta is desperate for money. Kasim Reed wants APD writing 200,000 traffic tickets yearly. The city has ParkAtlanta terrorizing parkers to get plenty of money. I blame city of Atlanta residents for this. These are people who you guys elect. You don't hold them accountable, support people who run against them. This is why you have these problems. Anytime a city is more concerned about civil rights museums, defending criminals, anti-commerce and so on, that is a problem. It doesn't help when you have Atlanta media that likes to cheerlead for the government as well. We have a few journalists who do investigative reporting but most journalists now want to be friends with the politicians.
Meinert June 26, 2012 at 01:47 PM
ParkAtlanta, and the concept behind it (actively seeking out 'violators' electronically and fining them as a revenue stream), is very counterproductive to my local business friends in the VaHi retail shops. In my opinion, the goal should be to help patrons find spaces in order to shop at these stores. My understanding is that in San Francisco, for example, there is a system in place where meters tell you when they're unoccupied through the use of a smart phone app. Here in the big ATL we do the opposite: we create an inconvenient system (just sit a Georges and watch somebody try to figure out how to pay) that is designed with the goal of making money by overcharging (fining) customers who want to support local business. It's bogus. The meter enforcement personnel are electronically notified when a vehicle's time has expired so they hover then pounce. I agree with Andrew above: scrap it and send ParkAtlanta back to Cincinnati.
Bob Crossett June 26, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Why are 90% of these parking meters in Midtown, Virginia Highland and Little 5 points? If our "leaders" insist on this system, why not equally place them in the other areas of the city as well?

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