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Hope everyone remembers this at election time. Seems some people might be voted off the island.
To put it in recognizable terms of a self-appointed more-equaled rights group,
If those two residents don't like the congestion of living by an University, don't live there.
East Lawrence residents have the same parking problems. The neighborhood was built before the automobile so most people have to park on the street.. However, downtown employees use Rhode Island as a long-term parking lot forcing the residents to use the city parking lots if they can't find a place to park. Downtown is increasing in density but the effect on the adjacent neighborhood has never been addressed. "Not living there" isn't an option and doesn't solve the problem.
Permit parking for the residents and limiting parking to two hours for other vehicles Monday through Friday or Saturday is the solution.
Wilbur it's an editorial not a letter to the editor. Editorials are written by the editor of the newspaper.
"controlled access to campus, limited campus parking spaces and the price of campus parking passes..."
There is plenty of parking on campus. More than any other Big 12 school, per capita, according to KU Parking's director. So that's not the problem. In fact, there is probably too much parking on campus.
The price of campus parking passes is too low. There is no reason KU should not be making a profit from its parking enterprise, given the captive audience. Parking pass prices are less than half what the market will bear. If higher pass prices can help reduce the number of people who drive their almost completely empty personal autos into Lawrence--whether because drivers decide to carpool to share the costs or because many of the drivers who live less than 2 miles from campus decide to walk or bike--that's a winner.
Oh yes, there's plenty of parking on campus. Try to find a spot in any of the Yellow lots on any given weekday. The dorms are a whole different issue unto themselves. Those of us who don't live on campus buy Yellow permits for their convenience. The buses don't always run on time, and they don't always run late enough for night classes or campus jobs. And of course Parking & Transit oversells permits and severely limits where student permits can be used. Of course the worst is during basketball season. Already limited parking lots get closed early before classes are even finished for the day. If you have a night class or work, good luck finding a spot. But I digress.
Just because we have parking issues on campus doesn't give us the right to affect the rest of Lawrence. Issuing permits for certain neighborhoods might convince campus to deal with the parking problems there. Greek houses should be respectful of their neighbors and either deal with the number of cars they have, or limit them in some way. Many of the Oread Neighborhood rentals warn potential tenants about the parking situation before they move in. When I lived near the stadium, we had free permits for the lot and anyone without one was towed on a game day. A solution would be for every house in certain areas to get two free permits and pay for any extras. Another would be if you want the luxury of parking in front of your house, buy a permit for a designated fee. Different neighborhoods may have different rules based on what the situation is like there. Neighborhoods near campus may benefit from the included permits. In all cases, residency must be proved.
Permit parking in congested University towns works in those times. Places like Manhattan, KS; Boulder, CO.; Ames, IA; Bloomington, IN.; Evanston, IL.; Provo, UT; Lexington, KY; Charlottesville, VA; and on and on and on.
As one writer opines above, East Lawrence suffers due to commuter parking and needs protection as well.
It's amusing how by the time a "new" idea reaches Lawrence, Kansas, it's already an "old" idea....and permit parking is just such an example: It's a time honored, working solution to a real problem.
KU has been allowed to walk away Scott Free from creating solutions to problems it creates all across the board and not just parking. Heck, Alceste recalls when KU named itself a "vehicle free campus" and those access booths went up......around and about 1972 that was. What happened? That campus isn't vehicle free anymore.
Permit parking works all across the US of A and there's no reason it can't work in Lawrence, Kansas USA. Yes, there will be a learning curve and that includes the enforcement aspect.....but it's long past due, particularly when one factors in the average size of the "car" driven today is easily 2x the size of the car the streets were built for.
A sign example:
Works in that community......
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