A proposal to increase the hours of parking meter enforcement in downtown Ann Arbor is causing a stir online and in the community today.
The Ann Arbor City Council has agreed to work with the Downtown Development Authority to reassess parking options in the area. One would increase the city’s revenue by enforcing meters past 6 PM. As community activists say it’s one of many options to fix downtown’s crowded parking situation.
A group who could be affected by the change are downtown art and music venues. Deb Polich is head of the Arts Alliance. She says it’s too early to know if expanding meter hours is a real possibility. “We are not taking a position at this particular point in time because I think there’s much more to be learned,” Polich says.
The DDA will visit the Cultural Leaders Forum, organized by the Arts Alliance, next month to explain potential changes to downtown’s parking system.