The Week in Parking

Why South Street will have fewer parking spots for a while

Meanwhile, South Philly drivers keep calling savesies. It’s the Week in Parking.

The South Street gateway.

The South Street gateway.

Via Flickr user Mike M.S.

Parking on South Street just got a little harder. Bad news for this guy!

Street parking is no longer allowed on the north side of South Street between Second and Sixth, but only between midnight and 3 a.m. and only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority, Police Department and South Street Headhouse District rolled out new regulations as part of a pilot program to clear up congestion around South Street attractions. They’re hoping it will allow for a better pedestrian experience and help public safety measures by making more room for emergency vehicles. It’s also meant to deter disruptive lingering in the nightlife district.

“It’s not party central,” said Lt. Michael Goodson of the South Street Police Ministation. “This is a nightlife district entrenched in a residential community.”

And Goodson said Phase One, which went into effect this weekend, seems to already have had a significant impact. Phase Two will relocate motorcycle and scooter parking zones and change metered parking hours from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. to the new 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. It’ll go into effect once PPA updates the kiosks.

Phase One only went into effect this past weekend, but Goodson thinks it’s already having a significant impact.

Because the program is only a pilot, whether or not it stays in effect will depend on if it actually reduces traffic. Assistant Director of the South Philadelphia Headhouse District Bill Arrowood says it should be in place at least until October.

But maybe there’s a simpler solution…

 

Meanwhile, the rest of South Philly is fiercely protecting its spots, snow or not.

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Nowhere is safe.

Some people just can’t handle it.

 

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