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Permit parking clarity


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. 

Barbara Rudiak

South Side


Reader Comments(3)

pgh15203 writes:

Cathy you have confirmed the position of Community Council is to support RPP. So what's the big deal in saying it out loud?

cathy writes:

I apologize that Barb did not have the RPP Position Statement available to her prior to her letter. The South Side Community Council does in fact have an official policy regarding RPP. We are neither for nor against RPP. We are committed to the right of every resident to pursue RPP under the current law/guidelines/ordinances etc. As long as the city has a RPP program we will support the right of each resident to pursue it under the guidlines of the program. Cathy Mitchell,Pres., SSCC

pgh15203 writes:

So what is Community Council's position on Permit Parking? Shouldn't they take a position on this important matter?


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