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Kwanza Hall: End PARKAtlanta Contract and 'Move On'

How do you think the city should address issues with PARKAtlanta?

As was reported by numerous news outlets  and much to the dismay of countless residents and visitors, the City of Atlanta is considering extending parking enforcement hours at meters around the city. Some of these would include 24-hour zones.

At a recent meeting with the Poncey-Highland Neighborhood Association, City Councilmember Kwanza Hall said he “thinks that makes no sense.”

Extending parking hours would be done in an effort to recoup approximately $4 million that the City will not receive as a result of an arbitrator’s ruling that PARKatlanta does not need to pay the City almost three-quarters of what it originally was contracted to pay. This came about after the City Council last year restricted the Milwaukee-based company’s operations with a moratorium on reduced hours and new meters.

Hall suggested ending the contract with PARKatlanta, which would cost about $8 million.

“You sometimes need to know when to cut and move on and get a better deal” he said.

Watch the full video above to hear his full comments.

-Hunt Archbold contributed to this report

Stephen W. Ramsden May 18, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Park Atlanta is nothing more than a bunch of thugs (just like EPS parking and other booters) that prey on expensive car owners and people who look like they can pay these exhorbitant fees for "illegally" parking. They used to call it brisk business traffic, now they are parking criminals ...:) - ridiculous! This is a scam from top to bottom and I would love to see the money trail and the perks during the original "negotiations" for this obvious back door city funding effort. The legitimate businesses in the highlands and other places are the only ones hurting from all of this. No parking spaces are being "kept open" and no one's safety is being enhanced. Just more dollars for the contractor and their bought off buddies at City Hall. All the while the real problems with parking in this neighborhood go unchecked....like MJQ at the corner of Ponce Place and Maiden Ave. Great place to get murdered or if you need a couple hits of crack...
Cary Aiken May 18, 2012 at 01:25 PM
I couldn't agree more with Councilmember Hall. The Park Atlanta contract was bad. I spoke against it during the planning phase at the Atlanta Planning Advisory Board and I continue to oppose it. It is bad for business and is bad business for the city.
Tammy May 18, 2012 at 01:39 PM
I think that ParkAtlanta should go but it is obvious that the city either cannot or is unwilling to run the parking enforcement on their own. Cities like Philadelphia do the enforcement on their own and they do a good job. I think regardless of who enforces the rules you will always have people angry that they got caught breaking them.
rick May 18, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Silly name, GREAT man ..... I support everything you do - run for mayor!
Jason May 18, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Dump Park Atlanta, they are criminals. All we will accomplish with enforcing 24-hour parking will be to encourage drunk drivers. Let the drunks leave their cars overnight and take taxis home.
Will May 18, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Beating my Park Atlanta ticket is right behind my marriage as my life's proudest accomplishment.
Clicker May 18, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Park Atlanta can't seem to keep cars from parking in the right-hand north-bound lane on Piedmont between 4-6pm (near Blakes) for some reason. That is one spot and time where I would not mind them being more aggresive.
~Nioshii~ May 18, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Petition to STOP the expanded and 24-hour PARKatlanta enforcement: http://www.change.org/petitions/atlanta-city-councilmember-h-lamar-willis-stop-parkatlanta-24-hour-parking-enforcement
aposter May 18, 2012 at 07:49 PM
What a bunch of whiners. I'm not defending ParkAtlanta but try parking in NYC, DC, LA, Boston etc. etc. If you want to be a world class city and encourage walking and public transport then parking should be expensive and a hassle. The parent company of ParkAtlanta is a large firm that has done this for other cities, I'm willing to bet no other city complained as much about having to pay up if they expect to have the luxury of driving a car in what hopes to be a first tier city. Automobiles and parking are a privilege not a right...don't like the hassles of parking? walk or ride your bike, live too far to walk or ride? move in town, can't do so? take public transportation. Think of ParkAtlanta as bad tasting medicine of Atlanta's automobile addiction.
rick May 18, 2012 at 08:01 PM
so bend over and say thank you??? Did it even cross you little brain that no one wants to live in the cities you mentioned. BTW, poser would suit you better
brian May 18, 2012 at 08:03 PM
This situation is not ParkAtlantas fault. It is the city council's fault. The councIl wrote the contract for park atlanta to enforce the law. And park atlanta is catching flack for merely doing a very good job of enforcing the contract. Problem is we, as citizens, atrenot used to the laws getting enforced and are now mad about that. We should be upset at the council for writing a bad contract and totally screwing up what used to be the only city department that used to make money.
aposter May 18, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Wait to keep it class Rick. Yeah obviously no one wants to live in the biggest city and metro area in America. Let me guess you're degree is in urban planning, or perhaps snarkiness? As for bending over and saying thank you; interesting that's the first thought that came to your mind. If a $50 parking ticket breaks the bank perhaps you should trade in your Yugo for a pair of kicks. As Brian mentions above ParkAtlanta is following the contract they negotiated. All I am suggesting that it's time for Atlanta's that insist on driving everywhere to step up and act like responsible adults.
Whatif May 18, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I have no problem using public transportation in cities like ny, dc and Chicago because they have real public transportation. I live intown and it would take me nearly two hours to get to my job in Decatur using Marta while only 15 minutes in a car. Park Atlanta should be replaced and Atlanta should use the parking money to get a real transit system.
rick May 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM
take some time off line....maybe a course in English?
aposter May 19, 2012 at 03:11 AM
@rick I believe you meant either offline or off-line since "off line" is incorrect. It's probably good practice not to make grammatical mistakes when attempting to condemn someone else's typo.
rick May 19, 2012 at 12:41 PM
well aren't you special (in a short bus kind of way)
Michael Moore May 22, 2012 at 01:54 AM
The cities you cite all have decent alternatives to driving (although LA doesn't really, but there are many parts of that city where one can actually park with fewer hassles than here). You can't just say "parking should be expensive and a hassle" without giving citizens and visitors viable options to get around. MARTA is not that option for most of Atlanta. I wish it were, but it's not. When it is, we'll have a chance of joining the league of the cities you mentioned.
Michael Moore May 22, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Precisely. I live 2.9 miles from my job in Midtown, and it is quicker to walk the 45 minutes (impossible because of what I have to carry) than to take public transportation. So what he have is an urban area that is severely under-served by busses and trains. I want to not drive- I've had 2 near-death bicycle accidents trying to avoid driving to another job downtown. I take MARTA whenever I can. But the system is inadequate as far as frequency and route for me to rely on it daily. Cabs? There's another joke. Taking a cab in this city requires a second mortgage, and you have to call them and wait. Is it any wonder even urban dwellers crank up their cars, go to work/play and park? This ain't New York- not that we want it to be; but at least there you can truly get around without a car.

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