City Council is smart to add short-term parking on Worth Avenue

Trying to find a parking space on Worth Avenue can be a nightmare, especially for someone who only wants to drive into a business to quickly place an order or pick up a package. But the town hall has good news for you.

Earlier this month, council approved three 30-minute spaces in the 200 block and three additional spaces in the 300 block. The changes come after council earlier this year approved the conversion of 12 free parking spaces of two hours in free places of 30 minutes in the same two blocks of Worth Avenue.

The changes are ideal because they accomplish a lot of things: freeing up spaces for those quick getaways, moving long-term parking to nearby lots, and preventing employees at stores along the avenue from taking all the good ones. locations.

For years, the city has struggled with this conundrum – how to provide more spaces for customers rather than workers. If Avenue employees are of course valued, the spaces are above all necessary for paying customers.

Council members have paid close attention to the island’s parking issues over the years with changes in metered and signaged plazas throughout the city, and there will likely be continued pressure to convert more spaces free along the avenue in paid spaces. It seems the council was just getting its feet wet when, in October, it approved paid parking for the city’s main street ocean block.

Kudos to City Hall and city staff for tackling this endless and thankless topic. With the conversion to more than 30-minute spots, city leaders can be sure they’ve solved at least one traffic dilemma.