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Palo Alto Weekly

News - February 10, 2012

Around Town

A BANNER YEAR ... Residents near downtown Palo Alto have long bemoaned the intrusion of downtown employees into their streets' parking spaces. Those in Professorville have been particularly vehement in calling for the city to create a residential parking-permit program that would set a time limit for nonresidents an idea that the city is currently exploring. In the meantime, Palo Alto's traffic division is directing its energies toward a less controversial palliative directing drivers to downtown garages, which a recent study found to be underused. Last month, Palo Alto installed 49 banners throughout downtown. Each banner displays the city's logo and helps drivers identify parking facilities. City Manager James Keene said the city also plans to develop complementary signage for the banners. Another solution that the city is pursuing is encouraging more biking. To that end, Palo Alto plans to install this week four "bike corrals" downtown. The corrals, each featuring parking spaces for 10 bikes, are slated to go up in front of Form Fitness, Sancho's Taqueria, the California Pizza Kitchen and All Saints Episcopal Church. The city's first such corral was installed last year in front of Coupa Caf on Ramona Street.

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Comments

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 10, 2012 at 4:04 pm

This is crazy.

What makes James Keane think that banners will get people who want to park for 4 or 5 hours or all day park in the city garages if they can't pay for one day or part day parking?

I, like many others, have occasion to park for several hours in downtown and can't find a place for pay per hour parking. I, like many others, don't want to pay every day for a month and I don't want to have to go to City Hall to pay for 4 hours parking.

Banners will not change a thing. We need to be able to pay to park for part or all day on each floor of the garage or on each city lot.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 10, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Not only occasional visitors to downtown, but people who work in downtown and occasional bring their own car instead of biking or Caltrain. Many downtown workers have good reason for not wanting to buy monthly parking, some may only work a couple of days a week in Palo Alto.

There are many reasons why Palo Alto downtown parking is not serving those who need it, and it isn't because they don't want to pay, it is because paying is so difficult.