Duluth Residents Say Students Take Up Too Much Space

By KBJR News 1

November 14, 2011 Updated Nov 14, 2011 at 10:50 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Finding a parking spot near Duluth East High School is becoming more and more difficult.
Because school parking is limited, students are taking-up space on the streets, and that's causing headaches for people who live in the neighborhood.

Residents aren't only worried about parking spaces, they also worry about safety for younger kids in the neighborhood, when cars with young drivers are zipping by.

Knowing parking would be an issue, a residential permit parking zone was created to keep students from filling up streets next to the school.

Streets just outside of that zone are crowded with student vehicles, and as soon as school is out, they become almost vacant.

Monday, the city council decided to have a public hearing to discuss expanding residential permit parking.

That's one option neighbors say they like, even though it would involve adding a fee to park in front of their homes.

It's completely filled with cars, so that, when I come in, when I drive in, I have no place to park. Anybody that leaves to go to work in the morning certainly doesn't have a parking spot during the day if they need to come home and park on the street," said Gladstone Street resident Sharon Dawson.

The school district property manager says the district is also looking into different forms of student parking permits, parking meters, and additional parking opportunities on campus to fix the problem.

The public hearing to discuss expanding the parking permit zone is set for Monday, November 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the city council chamber.

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