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PATCH VOICES: Midtown Resident Questions PARKatlanta

Local man raises parking issues on 13th Street in Midtown.

Courtesy Fire PARKatlanta Facebook page
Courtesy Fire PARKatlanta Facebook page
By Anthony DeLuca

To whom it may concern,

As a Midtown Atlanta resident I am completely tired of the inconsistencies in parking allowances that I have seen over the past few months in the area that I call home.

I have attempted to contact Park Atlanta information system at 888-266-1360 on numerous occasions but am met with 'no agents are available at this time.'
  
There are two areas that I am most concerned with as I see them everyday.
 
First, the parking area on 13th St. between Peachtree St. and Juniper. Vehicles are parked there 24x7 within a few feet of the pedestrian walkway and stop sign on both the Peachtree and Juniper sides. This makes for an everyday challenge for drivers heading east on 13th from Peachtree towards Juniper.

Per the PARKatlanta.org website.........http://www.parkatlanta.org/tickets.html

Here is the PARKatlanta.org description of violations.

Do Not Park...
  • Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, 20 feet of a crosswalk, or 30 feet of a stop sign,
EVERYDAY on both the Peachtree and Juniper corners within 13th street vehicles are parked well within the limit as listed on the parkatlanta web site as citation worthy; yet citations are hardly enforced.

Additionally I would like some explanation as to how Mi Cocina can take areas (4 parking spots) that are numbered and deemed as payable spots (via numbered spots) as their private valet area every night of the week. I have searched and find no explanation as to how they can get away with this. Please educate me on this topic if I am in the wrong.

As someone who prides themselves on following the rules each and every day I find this quite frustrating and would appreciate a reply as to how/why these items are handled.

I will be more than happy to make myself available to discuss these issues in more detail if necessary.

I would appreciate some sort of response to this.

Kind regards,

Anthony DeLuca
Dookie Doo February 16, 2014 at 01:59 PM
I would like to know as well but I'm not optimistic about getting a reasonable explanation from park atlanta. Good luck with it though.
Marc Acampora February 16, 2014 at 02:44 PM
Agreed Anthony! To quote Animal Farm "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."
Midtown Lifer February 17, 2014 at 06:42 AM
Answer re: valet parking. The city approves the taking of spaces as a part of the valet permit approval process.
FlowerGirl February 17, 2014 at 08:34 AM
Same inconsistencies over on 12th. Husband parked in front of our building, front tire was just barely over the yellow line at our driveway a few years back. He got a ticket. Has a single person gotten ticketed since? Nope. And people constantly park fully in the yellow zone blocking several feet of our driveway. What a joke. Also- speaking of valet parking- how in the heck is Einstein's allowed to use the sidewalk along Juniper as their valet line? Seriously? Pedestrians have a difficult time navigating that situation and I'm surprised there's not been a tragic accident there. Ridiculous and very irritating.
Chris R February 17, 2014 at 08:50 AM
The club at Spring and Peachtree Pl will have cars parked all over the sidewalk and some double parked into the street. 0 enforcement so it only gets worse and worse.
mh62 February 17, 2014 at 11:31 AM
I drive down 13th from P'tree to Piedmont almost every day - never had an issue with parked cars on 13th since Juniper is a one way headed south and the cars are parked on the south side of 13th. I live at 1010, and since Mi Cocina leases out the lot on 11th & Crescent for their valet parking, while that take up 3 or 4 spots on the street, they actually leave a large number of spots available for others to park in since they keep the valeted cars in a lot behind the building.
Atl Resident February 17, 2014 at 12:14 PM
Mr. Deluca is correct, but he should go after the City of Atlanta as well. I heard Mr. Deluca is a brilliant lawyer and the Mayor of Atlanta is another lawyer, but can he really speak English? Did anyone see him try to speak on CNN during the first storm? Park Atlanta and the City of Atlanta are embedded together!
Atl Resident February 17, 2014 at 12:20 PM
I had the wrong Deluca... this one is not the lawyer, but i agree with his article anyway.....
Tim Williams February 18, 2014 at 05:14 PM
OHH My gosh I work on Juniper and I see tow trucks towing away at least 2 cars a day . In front of the lawrence alone they will ticket about 3-8 cars a day and tow. The rules never change on this part of Juniper
wss February 18, 2014 at 05:29 PM
I wouldn't want to lose parking on 13th Street. I used to live in Mayfair and it's hard enough to find parking in the area. Plus it's probably beneficial to let people park there if that keeps traffic down and at a low speed.

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