Ocean Street Parking Ban for Women Has South Portland Shopkeepers Furious

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ocean streetSOUTH PORTLAND — Some Knightville business owners are fuming over the City Council intention to replace angled, drive-in parking spaces on two blocks of Ocean Street with parallel parking. That plan was developed in the beginning of the year as part of the $2.9 million sewer separation and utility work currently under way in the neighborhood. It brings parking on the street up to city and federal code and allows for the widening and beautification of sidewalks. The plan doesn’t remove any parking spots, but stretches them out down the length of Ocean Street north of Legion Square. After businesses in Knightville said they thought the plan would make shopping in the district less convenient, the city developed an alternative that would preserve angled parking by making Ocean Street one way from E Street to C Street. (read more at The Forecaster)

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3 Comments on "Ocean Street Parking Ban for Women Has South Portland Shopkeepers Furious"

  1. John Kidle | June 16, 2012 at 2:50 PM |

    As the Rumford Meteor’s Official Expert in Making Downtowns More Friendly, I must say that sidewalk “widening and beautification” is no justification for making Knightville less friendly to women–and don’t get me started on the bogus claim that it “brings parking on Ocean Street up to city and federal code.” While I have never set foot in Knightville I can say with absolute confidence that Ocean Street needs room for more cars–angle parked cars–not wider sidewalks devoid of female shoppers.

  2. Hi John- You should totally quit your job as the Rumford Meteor’s Official Expert in Making Downtowns More Friendly, and then become the Rumford Meteor’s official consultant for parking matters. You could charge twice as much, and write off your three-martini lunches on your taxes.

  3. John Kidle | June 16, 2012 at 4:54 PM |

    It’s an appealing suggestion. Despite my hearty disdain for the consulting class I do like a good tax-subsidized martini. The RMOEMDMF position sadly lacks actual monetary compensation; a deficiency somewhat offset by its substantial prestige and the associated psychic income. Doubling my current situation might be just the break I need to get ahead in today’s difficult economy.

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