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A Detroit pizzeria owner upset over people getting $150 tickets for unwittingly parking in a handicap zone got a bucket of blue paint and marked the street himself.
City staff finalized the details of a long-awaited legislative proposal last week that would set parking rates between $0.50 and $3 per hour in downtown Spokane, depending on the demand for spaces in that area.
That extension would likely come with some new measures intended to get riders to use and park the scooters and bikes properly, officials said.
If you feel any special fondness for plugging a parking meter, now's the time to head downtown and plink a coin in the good old-fashioned metal heads that have long lined the streets.
We've found a spot that'll work... for now
Shake out those quarters – or better yet, open up a mobile app – because parking in downtown Spokane is no longer free as of Tuesday.
A Spokane woman who fell on an uneven grate while attempting to plug a downtown parking meter will receive a $200,000 settlement from the city.
While bars and restaurants are closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, delivery and curbside pickup is still an option for many businesses, so the city of Spokane has reserved on-street parking in metered areas that allows citizens and delivery drivers to park free for 10 minutes to pick up to-go orders. Bright yellow signs on parking meters identify those free spaces. More than 700 10-minute placards were placed Tuesday in the core of the city, the city of Spokane said in a news release.
The city of Spokane launched a Spring Clean-Up last month in an effort to clear out a backlog of complaints dealing with illegally parked vehicles and junk cars around the city and, so far, hundreds of those complaints have been resolved.
“Everyone think this is about a money grab, and it’s not,” said Julie Dixon, whose firm is leading the process of implementing the results of a parking study done by another firm. Instead, she said, the proposed changes are about creating a “sustainable” and efficient system.
The availability of downtown parking has long been a concern for many Moscow residents, so the city plans to examine the parking system this year.
When a Texas woman visited her daughter last September, she paid for parking several times in Spokane. Four months later, she was charged again. Apparently, the city’s parking services vendor lost its records of transactions on Sept. 24 and charged customers nearly four months later.
Spokanites are learning to leave the quarters behind. The city continues to see robust usage of the Passport parking app through mobile phones, and on Monday the City Council is set to vote on a renewal of its contract with the company that operates the service.
Anyone with unpaid parking fines at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus has the option to reduce or cover the cost of their tickets with peanut butter and jelly.
Julie Dixon and Kenzie Coulson have been tasked with revising the city’s laws and parking system so that downtown trips don’t cause headaches. What do they see as the challenges of Spokane’s parking climate, and how do we fix it?
The Spokane City Council doubled funding last month to pay for the towing of RVs.
Federal appellate courts ruled “chalking” tires, a method of determining whether a parker has remained at a space for too long, was unconstitutional. But Spokane ceased the practice downtown at least five years ago.
The Spokane Daily Chronicle looked into the future and warned about an emerging crisis: automobile parking in the city.
Spokane residents now have three days to leave their cars in front of their homes without risking a parking ticket, after the Spokane City Council loosened parking restrictions Monday night.