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

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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