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PARKatlanta Is Lose-Lose Situation for Atlanta Residents, Visitors

One Old Fourth Ward activist's take on what she sees as a predator company on motorists.

PARKatlanta has claimed its fair share of victims.

On Friday, Carolyn Kayne, a singer and musician, became another one of them.

The Old Fourth Ward homeowner was picking up her bicycle at Outback Bikes in Little Five Points. The spaces in the lot behind the Euclid Avenue store were full.

She parked her Ford Explorer across the street, dashed across the street and into the store to retrieve her bike.

The process, she said, took all of two minutes. But that was enough for a PARKatlanta ticketing officer to be at her vehicle, writing a ticket even as she was loading her bike into the Ford.

The experience left Kayne, a forme U.S. Marine, feeling like a predator had just pounced on her.

She's not alone in feeling that way.

Two years into a seven-year contract, Milwaukee-based Duncan Solutions, which runs the city's parking enforcement under the PARKatlanta name, has drawn fire all over Atlanta from residents and visitors alike about its tactics.

Businesses along Euclid Avenue have complained to Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall, whose district includes their street, about how PARKatlanta's tactics have cost them customers.

In this Patch Voices editorial, Kayne, who successfully got an errant scrap metal yard operation out of her Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, explains why PARKatlanta is bad for motorists, bad for business and bad for the city as a whole.

Fourth ward August 14, 2012 at 10:07 PM
The sad truth about loading zones. Most people are inconsiderate.
PLD August 15, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Let's see...she parked in a meter space, did not pay, left her car. It doesn't matter that is was "Just a few minutes" - the signs do NOT say "a few minutes free" - she parked and did not pay. But in this "someone elses fault" world, Park Atlanta caused the problem. I read a lot about Park Atlanta - but it seems that those who complain all parked illegally then complain when they are ticketed.
Bob August 15, 2012 at 12:50 PM
You continue to hear complaints about the parking situation,and the company who is running it, but nothing happens........................just keeps on going.....and, they are raking in the money at our expense.
Erin August 15, 2012 at 05:02 PM
^ exactly!
skullcap August 17, 2012 at 05:31 PM
It wouldn't feel so bad when a ParkAtlanta predator sits waiting at the curb for paid tickets to expire, if the revenue were mostly benefiting the City of Atlanta, instead of an out-of-state private enterprise. It makes parking enforcement less about maintaining civil services and public works, and more about the enrichment of politically-connected opportunists. The ParkAtlanta and General Growth Properties contracts with the city are a nod to Bill Campbell's style of cronyism.

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