Not all that sure if the city really is heading in the correct direction. The sensors that are going in the streets did not go before the elected officials but was an end run by the mayor and this is OK  
john July 15, 2013 at 10:11 PM
That is her way of running Salem. So,now the council will get involved(I hope) and reverse it. They put meters in around the post office and Steves and then removed them. At what cost? The entire parking meter issue is a mess and has been since WE paid for a parking study that proved useless. I also question why Verizon and the former Holyoke Ins. company have private spaces on public streets? If her job is to discourage people and business from coming to Salem,she is doing an outstanding job.I hope the council will set this right but I fear she may have control of too many of them.If it is not reversed,I sure hope my taxes go down while I do business in Danvers with NO meters.
PJ July 16, 2013 at 08:48 AM
I moved to downtown Salem 13 years ago. Since then the city has dramatically improved-- visually (less trash, less panhandling, street landscaping), economically and culturally. I am very happy to chip in the odd quarter or so via my unused parking time. Yes, taxes (like every other expense) have gone up to help pay for it all, but I live in a more appealing and interesting community than I found 13 years ago. I served on the original parking advisory taskforce, and believe the changes have created more availability on the most popular streets by motivating "all day parkers" to find a less expensive option. One of the biggest concerns expressed by business owners was the "other employees not mine" who were parking right in front of the shops all day. While this hasn't been entirely eliminated it has greatly improved. John, I'd favorably compare the quality and variety of what's available in downtown Salem with downtown Danvers any day.
KlassySalem July 16, 2013 at 10:25 AM
C'mon PJ. That doesn't fit the meme.
William Legault July 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM
MiddleOak (Holyoke) has spaces in Holyoke Sq by agreement with the city dating back to the Zoll administration. I am admittedly unsure of the details of that agreement. Verizon, to my knowledge has no private spaces. I wrote more than a few parking citations for their vehicles when I was wearing the blue shorts. The sensors were a part of the overall parking plan approved by the council last year. Changes were made to that plan after a public petition regarding the Steve's Market area, but again that situation was due to details being overlooked prior to approval. I am sure there will be discussion by the council on the sensors.
john July 16, 2013 at 03:41 PM
So I guess the obvious question is, how did this ever get approved by the council? Did anyone question the authority to eliminate time payed by a person and put it in the city's bank account? It seems illegal to me.
Joanne Kennedy July 22, 2013 at 11:19 AM
How about asking for total transparency from the City? Then we would see exactly how, why and where these decisions are made...


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