Paid Sunday Meters Returning To North Side Neighborhoods?

A report by WGN TV News spotlights one of the problems with Mayor Emanual’s free parking at meters on Sundays.

Business owners on the North Side are saying the free Sunday meters is affecting their bottom line due to the lack of turnover in the metered spaces. Some say business is down 10-20% on Sundays.

The owners argue some motorists park their car in a spot Saturday night and don’t move it until Monday morning–making it impossible for potential customers to shop in high density retail areas in Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Wicker Park and others.

The Mayor’s office told WGN TV that decisions will be made in the next few weeks.

Here’s WGN TV’s full story, “Free Sunday Parking: Good for drivers, Bad for business.”

8 Responses to Paid Sunday Meters Returning To North Side Neighborhoods?

  1. Jeff says:

    Many of these businesses live and die by the business they do on Sundays. Letting freeloaders park from 9 pm Saturday until 9 am Monday (36 hours of free parking on a crowded commercial street) is ridiculous.

    The free Sunday parking should be restricted to residential streets, to give those residents a break from the Abu Dhabi parking pirates.

    For businesses on commercial strips, turnover of parking on the busiest day of the week can make the difference between a profitable quarter and going out of business.

    Of course Rahmenstein resisted the restriction of Sunday parking to residential streets, so he could (falsely) claim that he actually made the parking meter lease a better deal for Chicago, by partially renegotiating the parking meter lease. But with the extra hours for meter operation, and Rahm’s failure to seek other, more important revisions (such as more flexibility to remove/relocate meters for future city projects), Rahm made the parking meter lease even worse, turning lemons into leprosy.

  2. B says:

    The whole point of parking meters is turn over. They really weren’t supposed to be a revenue source to begin with, but rather encouragement to get your stuff done and move along.

    How could anyone with half a clue not see this coming?

    Now to fix this problem Daley’s buddies from Wall Street get even more.

  3. DG says:

    The free Sunday parking at meters was coupled with adding another hour at night which one has to pay a meter: from 9pm previously to 10pm.

    So, if Sunday paid parking returns in some areas, will parking become free once again starting at 9pm instead of 10pm.

    If not, the net result is just more hours in the week in which we have to pay the meters.

  4. Drew says:

    Knew this was only a matter of time.

  5. Pete says:

    I know how this will turn out. Sunday free meter parking will end, but the longer meter hours will remain. More money for the Abu Dhabi pirates, and more money for Chicago in the form of ticketing revenue. As usual, the only loser is the taxpayer.

  6. lisa says:

    But, the bar owners must be happy that customers are staying out Saturday night past their limit and cabbing it home. Sunday meters will increase drunk driving.

  7. Pete says:

    This was Rahm’s plan all along. Give more money to the parking thieves (who no doubt kick a little back to him). He knew the Sunday free meter plan would be opposed by merchants, so he could implement it, then reverse it, then the longer hours remain. And Rahm thinks the public is way too stupid to see through him.

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