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Time To Give PARKatlanta The Boot?

One city councilman says it's time to nix the parking enforcement contract and 'move on.' How do you think the city should address issues with PARKatlanta?

Any given Friday and Saturday night, Little Five Points is bustling with activity.

Throngs folks from Atlanta and its surrounding suburbs come to the area for food, fun and music.

What they don't like: The parking or how it's enforced by PARKatlanta, the company the city contracted to collect fees. It explains why some visitors will opt to park blocks away in residential pockets of Inman Park and walk.

It's a complaint Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall has heard not only from patrons but businessowners, too.

Last year, , PARKatlanta came up in several conversations with shopkeepers.

Now, the city of Atlanta is considering extending parking enforcement hours at meters around the city. Some of these would include 24-hour zones.

At a recent meeting with the Poncey-Highland Neighborhood Association, Hall said he “thinks that makes no sense.”

Extending parking hours would be done in an effort to recoup approximately $4 million that the City will not receive as a result of an arbitrator’s ruling that PARKatlanta does not need to pay the City almost three-quarters of what it originally was contracted to pay. This came about after the City Council last year restricted the Milwaukee-based company’s operations with a moratorium on reduced hours and new meters.

Hall suggested ending the contract with PARKatlanta, which would cost about $8 million.

“You sometimes need to know when to cut and move on and get a better deal” he said.

Watch the full video above to hear his full comments.

Péralte Paul (Editor) May 21, 2012 at 12:20 PM
What should the city do in terms of parking enforcement?
Space Ship May 21, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I would personally like a refund for all the times I was booted for being less than five minutes past the expiration time to retrieve my vehicle. Their (ParkLanta) parking enforcement policies are draconian and I have personally witnessed the parking employees standing by vehicles waiting for the parking passes to expire, with boot ready in hand. I've also walked up on a ParkLanta employee, and it was a race to see who could get to my vehicle first. Really? If I'm picking up my vehicle and moving on, at least give me the benefit of the doubt. These people are crooks.
Kirkwood Resident May 21, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Wait until the contract expires and determine if they should continue with ParkAtlanta or another vendor. Don't waste more money by cancelling early. The city has already proven they cannot handle the parking situation, so if you cancelled early it would cause more problems plus your paying to get out of the contract. It is also my understanding that ParkAtlanta does not boot your car on the first offence, here is the information from their website "If City records show you have failed to pay three or more parking tickets issued to a vehicle registered in your name, your vehicle will be placed on the City of Atlanta's boot list, and will be booted when located by our Parking Enforcement Officers." While I don't like getting a parking ticket, I also understand you need enforcement or people diregard regulations. If you allow people five minute leeway then people push it past the five minutes. Unfortunately it has to be cut and dry for regulations to be effective. My biggest gripe is having adequate signage and in entertainment zones allowing more time to be applied to meters especially for bars. I also think that in areas near bars that you should be able to purchase overnight parking at a discount if it is on a Saturday or Sunday to help prevent drunk driving.
Space Ship May 21, 2012 at 06:28 PM
@Kirkwood Resident: It's one thing to ticket someone for leaving their car hours beyond the allotted time they paid to park - it's another thing to fine someone for being minutes late in retrieving their vehicle. Those who are attending an event, wrapping up an assignment at work and struggling to get back to their vehicle in time (i.e., the honest) should not have to return to their car to find it ticketed. These people (PARKAtlanta) make their living by lurking around cars that are coming due for expiration, and practice no leeway. Don't believe me? I'd be happy to show you some great examples downtown. Hey, if someone pushes it past five minutes, then cut 'em a break. But you damn well better not be sitting on my hood waiting to give me a ticket the moment your wristwatch strikes the deadline. That only serves to create hostility against ParkAtlanta and further hostility against the city. Cut and dry? Then you're as ridiculous as the greaseballs who lie in wait to hand out tickets. Your comment about adding overnight parking for bars makes sense. Adding time for bars, does not. Not everyone who hangs out at bars makes the effort to get home responsibly
Breck Prewitt June 14, 2012 at 04:08 AM
ParkAtlanta makes their money writing tickets and has no motivation to come up with a fair way to run their business. We need to start with better technology. I want to be able to park, start paying by cell, credit card etc., and stop paying when I leave the space. I don't want to worry about a $25 fine. The technology is available and in use in many places. Let this one be a lesson to us all about privatization. It's not necessarily a bad idea, but we have to think about the consequences and maintain some control. This is after all, our city, and not ParkAtlanta's..they appear to live in Wisconsin. NYC and Mayor Bloomberg are now on the hunt for a private parking system, but they have have learned from our and Chicago's example and are approaching with caution and a laundry list of demands..we should do the same on our next contract. Time to move on from ParkAtlanta, they are bad for business and bad for Atlanta.

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