weighs parking permit
regulations have improved the parking situation in the neighborhoods
around TCU for some residents, but others are still unhappy with the
Increased parking fines, more no-parking signs and strictly enforced
tow-away zones on the streets surrounding TCU have produced mixed
opinions among neighbors about whether parking problems have improved.
In a meeting last week at the Dee J. Kelly Alumni and Visitors Center,
residents of the neighborhoods around TCU voiced their concerns about
parking and discussed whether they thought the changes made last semester
were producing positive results.
What you all have done has been a miracle, said Marsha
Cowdin, president of the Frisco Heights Neighborhood Association.
Its safer to drive and it really made a huge difference
in our neighborhood.
Fort Worth police officer Jamie Johnson said the increased fines and
enforcement have been a step in the right direction.
It has been effective with its intended goal to provide access
to neighborhoods for emergency vehicles, he said.
Last semester, 30 cars were towed and almost $30,000 in fines for
illegal parking around TCU was issued in October, the first full month
after the higher fines and tow-away enforcement increased, Johnson
Some residents complained that they could not park on the street in
front of their houses. To solve the problem, Fort Worth is considering
a new residential parking permit plan that would enable only residents
to park on the streets that are currently no-parking zones.
I think it would make residents happy, but I dont think
it would help the student situation very much, Johnson said.
A permit parking plan may cause more problems because having more
cars on the street could make it difficult for emergency vehicles
to drive through the neighborhoods, Johnson said.The plan is being
researched so the city can find out if it would be a positive solution,
Some students say a shortage of campus parking forces students to
fight for spots or park illegally, said Lauren Allen, a junior accounting
and finance major.
It just seems irrational to take away even more parking and
then punish students with outrageous tickets, she said.
Further discussion of parking problems in the TCU area will take place
at 10 a.m. today at City Hall during the meeting of the Fort Worth
City Council Capital Improvement and Infrastructure Committee.
City to discuss parking
The City Council Capital Improvement and Infrastructure
committee will discuss parking in the TCU area
When: 10 a.m. today
Where: City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.