I would like to provide some clarity to the comments attributed to me (Permit parking not looked on as being business friendly in S.S., SPR Oct. 1, 2013) on permit parking.
I have worked on the gathering of signatures for and against permit parking as a concerned resident on South Side, not in my role as a board member with the South Side Community Council. The South Side Community Council has not yet formally taken a position on permit parking.
I was quoted saying there are some parking lots owned by UPMC that are empty in the evening, but I never indicated there were any agreements in place with UPMC to use them for parking at night.
That being said, conversations with residents have provided me with greater insight into the neighborhood, and this information is valuable both to the South Side Community Council and other organizations working for the betterment of the community. Permit parking, although not the perfect solution to our parking problems, is a catalyst for discussions among the business community, residents and city since parking is a challenge for all groups.
Residents who support permit parking should not be made to feel like second class citizens. Unlike Station Square or Homestead Works, South Side is not an island. It is not a strip mall or entertainment complex.
It has and always will be a neighborhood. And every resident deserves to have an equal voice at the table in determining our neighborhood’s future.