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City adds 15-minute parking meters to Massachusetts Street

Several 15-minute parking meters are being put to use downtown starting Wednesday. The 15 minutes can be paid for with a single quarter.

June 29, 2010, 9:53 a.m. Updated June 29, 2010, 10:03 a.m.

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Going downtown to run a quick errand? Starting on Wednesday, the city is adding 15-minute parking meters for that reason.

According to the city, the meters will be clearly marked and located in the middle of each block, with two meters for both the west and east sides of Massachusetts Street.

A quarter will pay for the full 15 minutes.

There are currently seven free 2-hour lots and 10 metered parking lots downtown with 2-hour, 5-hour and 10-hour meters, according to Parking Control.

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 9 months ago

But there won't be any tickets issued nor will there be any revenue because the handicapped can use the 15 minute meter stalls. This is great. Lawrence is preparing for the new influx of seniors, you recall, the ones that merrill thinks will mow lawns and shovel snow. Oh yes, the ones to live at Bauer Farm across from the high school in the retirement complex with apartments with NO kitchens. Communal living geared for retired teachers, which a good layoff at USD 497 can supply the place with occupants.

The meters will turn out to be another ill thought, ill conceived idea brought forth from pennington and co. to save downtown..

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50YearResident 3 years, 9 months ago

15 min parking meter complaints will start as soon as the first tickets are issued.

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naturalist 3 years, 9 months ago

Stupidest idea for downtown parking so far. Why can't someone just put 15 cents in to park for 15 minutes? This will leave downtown shoppers less room for parking, which will have a direct effect on downtown businesses. Who's bright idea was this?

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Benjamin Roberts 3 years, 9 months ago

I am surprised that LJW did not have the advanced photos of the new meters. Here is one of the special meters already installed:

http://media.lawrence.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Jun/30/Amyx_parking_meter.png

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Arana 3 years, 9 months ago

I really don't see why people are complaining about a few parking spots. I work downtown and won't believe the amount of places you can park. Most people in town are able bodied enough to park at lot or garage and just walk if this is seriously a problem. Funny story, but the lots... wait for it... are free. Hell the parking garage is rarely ever full.

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BruceWayne 3 years, 9 months ago

so it will take 76,465,293 fifteen minute quick-parks to pay for the cleanup at Toxicland Industries? SWEET!

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 9 months ago

At the city commission meeting when the issue was discussed, a locall downtown merchant lobbied for this so that the customer could run in and pick up a slab of ribs.

Fat chance they would be ready. Better see where the meter maid is "lurking".

How many people actually run in to do business downtown during the day. One of the banks downtown wanted this also. One without a parking lot.

This is a "cave in" by the city commisson as they continue to quest to save downtown, all the while giving away parking at night while the daytime patrons pay. The daytime merchants aren't too bright to allow this nonsense.

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50YearResident 3 years, 9 months ago

Starting Wednesday the loss of meters in the 4 business district blocks, 2- 15 min meters in each block on both sides = 16 fewer meters for shoppers that are actually going to stay long enough to buy something. Not a good deal for Business or Shoppers.

Anyone know what the new parking meter violation penalty fee will be on these 15 mim meters?

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LadyJ 3 years, 9 months ago

How much are the meters downtown, including the 2,5,and 10 hr ones? Seems like it should have been included in the article. Anyone park downtown regularly that can enlighten us?

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whats_going_on 3 years, 9 months ago

ALSO, for the people who do want to stay longer, and are too lazy to walk a block from a free lot or side street, this is going to piss them off and then downtown might lose business anyway.

Why can't everybody just suck it up and walk in the first place? It's not hard to find a space even one block from Mass.

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whats_going_on 3 years, 9 months ago

Also, what happens when you do just have to run in to a store for something, but theres a long wait, and it takes you more than 15 minutes? You're getting punished for something that should have taken 30 seconds but turned into a wait-fest.

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whats_going_on 3 years, 9 months ago

Way to make things even more confusing for people who aren't familiar with parking downtown.

And I'd also like to know how the meter people are going to keep up with this. Don't they usually just go up and down the street? They'd have to go back to those spots quite a bit.

Sounds like more of a pain in the a** rather than a convenience. I see people abusing this just like they abuse the regular spots.

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EarthaKitt 3 years, 9 months ago

Seriously? There's a meter post color key? I had no idea.

I'm all for the 15-minute spots. I love putzing around downtown as much as the next guy, and I either walk there or park in a long-term lot if I'm staying for a while. But I knife in and knife out of shops downtown all the time, and if there are open spaces created by specially designated 15-minute spaces I'm more than happy to pay a quarter for the convenience.

I don't see how it's not a completely fair way to raise some cash for the city.

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consistentparker 3 years, 9 months ago

Why would a person want to deal with the hassle of plugging a meter? There is free parking in nearby places such as the Legends. As a worker downtown, I see employees of other stores constantly parking in 2-hour lots and un-chalking their tires. Is it too much work to write down license plates? Employees taking customer spots is ridiculous but goes without consequence. What does the money for tickets go toward besides meter maids and there little cars?

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huskerpower 3 years, 9 months ago

Why is everyone so concerned about the revenue side of a provided service? If you don't want to use the meters, there are plenty of other parking spaces available in which you do not have to contribute to the financial aspect of the city you live in.

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parrothead8 3 years, 9 months ago

I've never had a problem finding parking downtown, but I will say that I think having 15-minute spaces reduces the amount of available parking for the majority of people who go downtown.

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silkiner 3 years, 9 months ago

What a bad idea, but great revenue producer for a city that can not manage it's funds correctly.

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consumer1 3 years, 9 months ago

laika, I was just stirring the mud. I don't really think they should be ticketed.

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jstthefacts 3 years, 9 months ago

Great way to breed some more of those dastardly habitual parking criminals that are clearly the root of all parking problems downtown ( and generate some more of those nuclear parking tickets. ) Yet another non solution to the parking problem but a solution for raising more revenue with parking fines.

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spirit_level 3 years, 9 months ago

I guarantee that this is going to cause traffic snarls. The meters may be clearly marked, but at what point are drivers going to see this? After they've already pulled in? On high-traffic days, this is sure to cause increased back-ups and possibly a fender-bender or two.

I predict that the fix is worse than the problem, and the fifteen-minute meter won't last the year.

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So_tired_of_the_whiners 3 years, 9 months ago

Wow, the people who never leave their basement complaining about a parking change downtown.

I like the idea. It is great for picking up to go orders...

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laika 3 years, 9 months ago

Consumer1:

It is permissible to lock bikes to any parking meter, besides those in front of handicap spots.

http://lawrenceks.org/legal/good_neighbor#bikes

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workinghard 3 years, 9 months ago

I just paid a quarter for 30 minutes in front of the courthouse when I went to get my tags( free parking filled up).

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consumer1 3 years, 9 months ago

Bikes locked to the meters should also be ticketed.

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 9 months ago

Mari, Newsflash!

You will know two ways. The meter maid will be stationed and loitering nearby the 15 minute meter and/or it will be the space with the handicapped vehicle with tag prominently displayed. This is great. 15 minute space now for handicapped. Downtown just added more handicapped FREE spaces

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webmocker 3 years, 9 months ago

From the article: "According to the city, the meters will be clearly marked...."

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Mari Aubuchon 3 years, 9 months ago

Another thing: Why not put the 15 minute meters near or between the businesses that would benefit when possible. For instance, why put one next to The Gap or LJWorld when Starbucks/Coldstone and Liberty Hall/Prima are the places that people need to get into and out of quickly?

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Laura Wilson 3 years, 9 months ago

This is only beneficial if you want to shop in the store right in front of the meter. Heck, it takes my mom ten minutes to walk half a block with her bad knees and hips.

What do the regular meters on Mass charge? I know it's 5 cents for six minutes and 10 cents for twelve. Does that mean I'd get 24 minutes for 20 cents? Isn't that more cost effective for the consumer and you're not restricted to parking in the middle of the block?

One more silly waste of money by the City.

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Mari Aubuchon 3 years, 9 months ago

How will we know when we pull into a spot that it is a 15 minute one? Will they be a different color?

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gccs14r 3 years, 9 months ago

Both would be great ideas, as long as the toilets take cards, too. Pay toilets tend to be clean and stocked.

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 9 months ago

kef104 has the best idea!

Why not then have just 10 meters in each block for kinda like a United Way giving program.

You just feed a meter for the Charity of Choice. The first being the school district, the next being Parks and REc, the next being for refurbishing downtown. Who owns that crapped out bus stop shelter at 9th and Massachusetts? You know the one with the bench/beds. The one that onegood smoldering cigarette will take out faster than take out at burrito king.

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kef104 3 years, 9 months ago

What a great idea. I hear the quicker you kick people out, the more they spend. How about 2 minute meters for those people who only want to park and push coins down the slot? Nothing would make me more upset than finally finding a spot to park and then realizing it was only for 15 minutes. What a waste.

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Kontum1972 3 years, 9 months ago

credit card meters are next...and pay tiolets

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 9 months ago

It is about uping the revenue but there has been alot of abuse related to meters in the past. Meters are intended for short term parking even at 30 minutes. If a person intends to spend a longer time downtown they should use the lots.

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b22 3 years, 9 months ago

still very affordable to park on mass with free options to boot, i like the 15min idea , if u need more time go park in the FREE garage!

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overthemoon 3 years, 9 months ago

So are the meter maids going to check these every fifteen minutes? Sounds like a fundraising effort rather than a benevolent attempt at providing convenience. As jafs said, IF you can nab one of these spots, what can you do in fifteen minutes?

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 9 months ago

So,the city will charge a quarter for 15 minutes but won't charge a quarter for a 1/2 hour but give it away free in the unmetered lots. Handicapped permits allow parking in the 15 minute spots. This is even better now, more handicapped spaces.

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jafs 3 years, 9 months ago

I can't imagine there's really that much one can get accomplished downtown in 15 minutes.

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