TELL US: How is Parking in Salem?

Gripes? Concerns? Successful parking spots? Tell us about your parking experiences in Salem.

It's part of our daily routine — parking.

Recently, there have been changes in that routine with the .

In our continuing effort to address quality of life issues in the , we want to know what you think about parking in Salem from the new parking plan, to parking on resident-only streets to enforcement. If you've experienced it, it's fair game.

Do you think Salem's parking situation is on par with other communities? What have your experiences been?

Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Tom Uellner August 11, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I use the Front Street and Klop Alley lots fairly regularly and there doesn't seem to be any more spaces available. It just costs me more money. And the Zone 1 areas seem to be 3/4 empty whenever I go by. It's not looking like a good solution to me but YMMV.
Diane Wolf August 11, 2012 at 02:38 PM
My only complaint, so far, is that not all of the meters seems to be re-programmed properly. I've fed a new four hour meter just to have it expire, yes - I was ticketed, after only two hours. How are they tested for accuracy? As far as availability of spaces - seems pretty much the same to me; depends on the weather and the time of day.
Americus Bell August 11, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Would love to hear from others about the zone restrictions. I'm not sure who this is meant to benefit. There's no hour limit ( http://parkinginsalem.com/sign-up-for-new-parking-passes/onstreet/ ), either. Some clips from the above site: … we’re working with businesses to encourage their employees to refrain from parking at on-street meters. When the system is balanced, there should be a space available for you at the length of time you need it. [Haaaahahhahaaa!] The monthly rate in the Downtown Garage will increase by $5.00 and will now be $65.00. (So, if I’m an employee working in the area – see above - I’ll be thinking about that zone pass @ $25/month, thank you very much!) Discount monthly zones create a low cost parking option for those who currently feed meters. You can save hundreds of dollars a year! ============ Ok, let’s think this through. They want workers in the garages, right? Oh. Wait. Something’s bass ackward here. Katie, Salem does issue LTC's, but you have to be a biz owner, a LEO (active or retired, I think), or - know someone. And as far as firearms go, that last doesn't much bother me. It's not a bad thing for the police to know to whom they are issuing. The first two bother me more re: 2A.
pk August 11, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Unless you are handicapped or incredibly lazy, short-term parking is fine. If I have anything to do in downtown I park in the lot at Starbuck's (two hour spaces always available) and it's a five minute walk to pretty much everything.
Americus Bell August 11, 2012 at 03:15 PM
That's part of the problem: Two hour spaces are NOT now always available at the Starbucks lot. A whole lot of what was formerly metered parking is now zone parking.
Antoine M. Boisvert August 11, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Ahh, Patch comments. You will never find a more wretched hive of whining and pessimism. The Plan (capital T, capital P) made a lot of sense on paper: get people who park all day off the curbside, and meter spaces in the evening so that people eating out have a prayer of finding a space, etc etc. It sounds like it isn't working out as well in the real world. One problem I have is that I have to come up with a lot more coin if I want to park. I don't think the rates are unreasonable (obviously not everyone agrees, but whatever); but I don't usually carry $4.00 or more in quarters either. I thought we were going to convert to meters that take plastic? So, yes, there are growing pains. But quality of life in Salem worse than ever? I don't know how long anyone else has been living here, but in 20 years I have certainly never had it better.
Antoine M. Boisvert August 11, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Katie D, you should read the police log. The only person committing violent crime on winter streets on the Point is the Bogey Man. The way you write, you would think it was Central Park in the '70s. Anyway, if you work at Shetland, why don't you actually park there? Just asking.
DBL August 11, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Working for the Visiting Nurse this system has made it much more difficult to provide services to Salem residents in the downtown area. Aside from the extra out of pocket expense it is not reasonable to expect to park in the garage and lug all my supplies to a client. Most other towns have 1-2 spaces on elderly housing property for visitors and some specifically designated for home care. Also as a Salem resident there should be some compromise (resident passes which allow a cheaper rate curbside or allow residents to park around the common during October) for all the traffic and tourist issues we deal with. There are alot of business I avoid downtown because I just need to park for 5 minutes and there isn't a close meter available.
David Pelletier August 11, 2012 at 04:11 PM
The ticketing after 6pm is just a money grab. Put it back to 6pm and send the meter maids home at 5 like normal. All you are doing is antagonizing hard working people who want to use and enjoy their city after work, hoping you can land a $15 ticket for the city coffers. Be more customer friendly and you will have more customers. Isn't that what it is really supposed to be all about?
Americus Bell August 11, 2012 at 04:30 PM
So agree with that. That part of it is a definite money grab; and it's not biz friendly, either.
gene August 11, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I know a number of people who will no longer shop in Salem because of the new parking rules. They feel they are being sucked dry especially at night.
Dan Faust August 11, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I live in Derby lofts and now the street is always full and Im having trouble getting in to South Harbor Garage despite having 2 passes. The sudy was outdated and put together by people who dont even live downtown and have no idea what we deal with. I am dreading the month of October and the snow emergencies.I love living here, but the city is not addressing our problems which in turn will lead to residents leaving and the downtown will go back to the old days of empty buildings.
john August 11, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Another blunder by the city who allowed numerous conds to be sold WITHOUT PARKING SPACES.However, I dont think condo parking is a city problem after the fact.When you buy a condo you should consider where you will park and should not be given a public space in a garage.
pk August 11, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I went down to the Farmer's Market on Thursday. There were at least 20 empty metered spaces. Typical, in my experience.
john August 11, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I think the $15 tickets are now $25.Worse than a money grab.
john August 11, 2012 at 10:46 PM
I know a number of people that no longer shop downtown because they dont need tee shirts.
Antoine M. Boisvert August 11, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Well, sure, John. But where are you gonna go to get your fortune told? (Especially at night, of course)
john August 11, 2012 at 11:35 PM
I guess that would be the same place where the hurinators and panhandlers hang out.
gene August 12, 2012 at 02:05 AM
well said
William Legault August 12, 2012 at 02:24 AM
The tickets are still $15 for the time being. They were scheduled to go to $25 but it seems those plans may have been put on hold.
Aubry Bracco (Editor) August 12, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Then they need to change this if you are correct: http://parkinginsalem.com/whats-right-for-me/parking-tickets/.
windpower August 12, 2012 at 11:53 AM
It all started 20 years ago when the first condos went in down town . They could not meet the 2.5 spaces per unit so the city said they could park in the lot by post office . Multiply this by all the condos and you get our parking blivit . Best move ever by a councilor ..Mr Ryan I think ,was to have all excess money from parking go directly to reduce taxes .
Ruth Montville August 12, 2012 at 12:30 PM
I think most of the comments are spot on. I really feel badly for the businesses that are actually left in the city, it is so not user friendly for consumers. Letting the public know after the fact of all the changes was really the final straw for me. Hopefully all the $ that is gained will be used to fix the roads, that is an even bigger problem. Oh, and while I'm on the band wagon clean the intersections of trash and cigarette butts. I'm done now.
christine August 12, 2012 at 01:36 PM
20 yrs we did not have people not wanting to live here, In fact Both of my parents worked and they were still home early enough to get me to sports. There are several intersections now that are safety issues and there is no where to go to get out of the way for emergency vehicles Thanks to the tourism, so as a resident I would rather have less tourist and less traffic I think Danvers is a nice place to raise children.
Nancy Gilberg August 12, 2012 at 05:07 PM
A $25 ticket is outrageous for an expired meter.
john August 12, 2012 at 06:06 PM
More likely they will claim parking garage maintanence has gone up so it's a wash.
john August 12, 2012 at 06:13 PM
We paid for a parking study that is being crticized so much that the city is backing off.Margin St,Gedney St and now the meter tickets all being reconsidered.The original plan was a fantastic way to drive customers away from downtown businesses. I am confident they will continue to find ways to do just that.
Antoine M. Boisvert August 12, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Not being able to find on-street parking, ever, wasn't user friendly either.
Anita Armell August 12, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Parking for residents Needs to be enforced somehow. Not sure how other residents are handling their area but the blvd is terrible for its residents! There are more of us on this street who pay permanent taxes and just plain city support. What we are asking for is ...resident parking only 5-8. The new meters are chasing other resident zones to park on the blvd. Leaving even less for the blvd res...october is coming HELP. Leave the garages for tourist.
Deb August 13, 2012 at 12:17 AM
So I take it, we paid for yet another study in which the conclusions were preordained? Shocking, just shocking. I've lived here for the most part since the 70's, and I've never seen it this bad. I've never had to drive around and around to find parking until the farmers' market two weeks ago. Not happy. Not happy at all..


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