It isn’t back-in parking on Spruce Street, said Mayor John Engen. Nope, painting those new spaces is a primo example of being able to do more with less, and jumping on an opportunity when one arises.
(OK. Math. Fifteen spots x $18,000 per space = $270,000. That’s the value, per the city. What it cost? Some paint, and some irritation from neighbors who wanted a heads up.)
Maybe it’s safer, as they say, maybe it’s an eyesore, as they say, but it certainly can’t be impossible to learn how to reverse into a spot. Not so? Time to hang up those car keys for good.
Said Councilwoman Pam Walzer: “I’m sure this is not that much more difficult than parallel parking.” And yes, she drives.
The Bike-Ped Board’s Jed Taylor said the parking experiment is a fine example of how the city should go about trying new ideas. A small piece, tweakable later.
And the bogeyman. He is still apparently somewhere in the zoning rewrite, at least according to Councilman Dick Haines. Surprised by back-in parking? Guess what? Read the zoning ordinance, he said.
“There are going to be a lot of surprises in that, too, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy every minute of it,” Haines said.
I’m not sure what part of the rulebook is still tucked inside the cardboard birthday cake. (Surprise.) Haines didn’t say.
Time is running out, since the deal goes to the council floor Monday. If there’s still a bogeyman or bogeymen in the update, please be a dear and identify the chapters at your earliest convenience. (Hello. Hello?)
Word from the courts on the zoning lawsuit should be in before the end of the week.
— Keila Szpaller