Miami Parking Authority is infringing on their fun
Business owners claim that after years of free parking, now the MPA wants to ruin their party.
The vibe in Wynwood is getting more commercial daily as more art galleries, tech start-ups and condos/lofts come in. I have to admit that I go to Zack the Baker often on Sundays and I try to get there before the meters kick in at 10 am. But to be real here, why should the rest of the City have parking meters and not Wynwood?
If it's so great there (and it is), I doubt parking meters are going to hinder people from going.
Do parking fees hurt a neighborhood? If so, no one cares that Coconut Grove is drowning in fees. I know so many people avoid the Grove because of it, but other hot places in South Florida all have meters including South Beach, South Miami, Brickell and Coral Gables, so I doubt that putting meters in Wynwood, which are supposed to take effect on September 1, will make a dent in their traffic.
One reason the MPA is giving for starting to charge parking fees is to fund trolley services. If only. Not sure how the MPA makes out with free trolleys full of people who don't pay for parking, so that really doesn't make sense.
The word "disaster" has been used by some business owners to describe the new parking meters. I think that's a bit extreme, but welcome to the club Wynwood, now you know how we all feel.
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