Business owners say meter increases will hurt their revenue

Weekly Press: Business owners incensed over meter increases - another action by the City which will hurt local business

Recent legislation passed by City Council granting the Parking Authority leeway to raise fares has business owners from South St. East through South St. West, Antique Row, Center and University City in an uproar.

The twenty-five cents that once gave motorists half an hour’s time in Center and University City Districts now covers only seven and a half minutes. Or in other word, it now cost $2 an hour to park in those areas. And it isn’t just the price of metered parking that’s risen. Parking tickets have increased from $25 to $36 per violation.

Besides the inconvenience the fare hike has wrecked on business owners, many are confused, both by the Parking Authority’s justification of the increase as well as its inability to find alternative solutions.

According to Rina Cutler, Deputy Secretary of Transportation, "The point of raising meters is to reduce congestion and pollution."

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Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.

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