I feel kind of sad admitting this, but over the past few years, I have gotten extremely jaded about the City’s ability to do, like, anything right, ever. So much so, in fact, that anytime I do hear about something good, I’m like, completely floored and immediately look for ways the City is going to screw it up.
But sometimes, the City does manage to do things right, and today we get a great example of that.
Downtown nightlife business owners have been clamoring for years to get the street sweeping hours pushed back. Right now, most of downtown gets their streets swept between midnight and 3 AM. Since we have, like, constant street sweeping down here, that means that like half the parking spaces outside all these bars and clubs are just suddenly gone every night at midnight.
This is annoying for patrons arriving late at these businesses, who often have difficultly finding a place to park. This is annoying for owners and employees at these businesses, for the same reason. And it is annoying for patrons who arrive early for a night on the town, and either notice the street sweeping sign and have to cut their night short in order to move their cars in time, or don’t notice the sign and come back from a night on the town to find a street sweeping ticket on their cars.
So what does the City announce yesterday? That they’re going to move the downtown street sweeping hours. Most of the current midnight to 3 AM streets are getting switched to 3 AM to 6 AM street sweeping, exactly like people have been asking for forever. I had to read the press release like six times before I could believe it. Sad, huh? I mean, happy about the street sweeping, but…you know.
Furthermore, the City has apparently learned something from this summer’s parking meter debacle, and actually has a visitor-friendly plan in place to ease the transition:
To avoid frustration during the signage transition period, the City’s parking enforcement staff will provide a grace period from October 26 to November 30. Rather than leaving citations on cars, parking enforcement staff will leave a courtesy flier explaining the changes and encouraging parkers to review the new signage. Following the grade period, street sweeping parking restrictions will be strictly enforced.
Business owners in the area will receive a letter and a flier so they can help alert their patrons to the changes.
I guess the City can learn, after all.