Sound Off

Sound Off: Is parking allowed on both sides of Barker Avenue between 15th and 19th streets? And if it is, what can a person do to change that?

Megan Gilliland, the city’s communications manager, provided this information: Parking is prohibited along the east side of Barker between 15th and 16th streets and between 17th and 18th streets; parking is prohibited along the west side of Barker between 16th and 17th streets and between 18th and 19th streets. Requests for parking restrictions should be submitted to the Traffic Safety Commission, P.O. Box 708, Lawrence, 66044; or by email at


biggunz 5 years, 8 months ago

You don't change it, you deal with it. What makes some people in Lawrence so entitled that they think they can just change anything they don't like?!? Amazing.

Mike Myers 5 years, 8 months ago

Wow, I'm pretty sure that is the same attitude that allowed Hitler's atrocities to take place in WW2. Scary. Enabling change is what makes us great right???

jehovah_bob 5 years, 8 months ago

I think that is quite possibly the quickest application of Godwin's Law that I've ever seen.

Eric Neuteboom 5 years, 8 months ago

Holy &%#!, parking to Hitler in no time flat. What a country.

Danielle Brunin 5 years, 8 months ago

Godwin's Law! I was trying to remember what this principle was called the other day and then forgot about it. Thanks for the info!

grimpeur 5 years, 8 months ago

What makes car owners in every city in America so entitled that they think they should have free parking on every public street in town?

grimpeur 5 years, 8 months ago

Exactly the non-response I would expect.

tomatogrower 5 years, 8 months ago

"It's clear the majority of citizens in Lawrence don't use the T, but a huge minority made enough noise, they got what they wanted."

Yet 70% of the population voted to pay for it. That doesn't sound like "me, me, me". It sounds like community, people helping their fellow citizens. And it just wasn't the noise. When I retire, I plan on using it a lot. I have to spend too much time in my car now as it is. I still try to use it when I'm not in a hurry. I know a lot of people who commute who would love to use it more.

jafs 5 years, 8 months ago

I challenge that figure.

I don't think that 70% of the population even turned out for that vote.


grimpeur 5 years, 8 months ago

I don't want to pay for a place or provide my own space to store my car. I have accumulated so much crap that my garage is full. Everyone in my family has his or her own car.

So the city should give me a place to store my car wherever I want and for as long as I want.

By gosh, you're right. It is just me, me, me.

jafs 5 years, 8 months ago

It's a bad idea, because Barker is a two way street, and on street parking ties up traffic.

kernal 5 years, 8 months ago

"What makes some people in Lawrence so entitled that they think they can just change anything they don't like?!?"

The same Constitution that allows us to post inane comments.

oldvet 5 years, 8 months ago

To change the parking regulations in your neighborhood you first have to start with the Traffic Commission. They study your recommendations and then, if they agree, it goes to the City Council. We went through that process with success in my neighborhood.

If people are parked illegally, a call to the LPD will result in a ticket for them (about $60).

impska 5 years, 8 months ago

Geez. I can sympathize with this person. My street has homes with two-three car garages and the road is still like an obstacle course with parked cars every where. Maybe I'll request a parking restriction too.

LadyJ 5 years, 8 months ago

I can see where it could get confusing since it jumps from east to west.

the_realest_mccoy 5 years, 8 months ago

There is ALWAYS a BIG DUMB TRUCK parked on the west side of the corner of 19th and Barker. Maybe someone should tell that douche there's no parking there.

LarryCarl 5 years, 8 months ago

what makes this situation worse are those ridiculous, hideous islands in the middle of the road... with absolutely no yellow curbs or any other identifying features as to how close on either side of them that a car can be parked...

maybe there's a city law out there on how close people can park to them but I've been down Barker a few times when it was pretty damn tight getting past a parked car and then getting back on the right side of the island...

I hate the islands... they're a pain in the ass and with their ugly yellow signs they take away from the beauty of Barker Avenue’s tree lined streets... The only use for the ugly yellow signs is to warm people of the stupid island…

and from my observation they haven’t slow traffic down on Barker… people are still doing 40 mph on a regular basis…

tear out the islands…

LarryCarl 5 years, 8 months ago

ha... indeed... calming… I've heard that terminology before...

ask a bike rider how calm they feel when they're approaching one of these islands with a fast moving vehicle coming up on them from behind...


tear the islands out...

tear them out now...

Nathan Atchison 5 years, 8 months ago

it seems like those signs arent that effective anyway as they are driven over on a regular basis. i agree, why make it an obstacle course?

juma 5 years, 8 months ago

To paraphrase Spock: 'the good of the one outweighs the good of the many'

jafs 5 years, 8 months ago

A poor paraphrase indeed.

It reverses the meaning of the original.

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