Paved parking lots increase water runoff, so a higher stormwater fee is assessed to lot owners.All of those costs are transferred to users directly in the form of paid parking or indirectly in the form of higher prices for goods, rent, and home ownership.Whether we like it or not, Atlanta is currently an auto-dependent city and car ownership is a requisite for many activities, including going to work or visiting friends.
The owner is then at the mercy of it “reasonably” appearing to a police officer that the owner does not intend to move the car before the car is towed at the owner’s expense.
The other concern is with people who live outside of a neighborhood continually taking parking spots to the detriment of those who live in the neighborhood.
Many legitimate reasons exist as to why a resident without assigned parking may leave their car on a public street continuously for more than 5 days.
This could happen if they take public transportation to work, work from home, or go on vacation.
Increasingly, though, people not only feel they have a right to free parking, but also a right to exclude others from parking on a public street in front of their house or apartment.
Many local governments have long had minimum parking standards: rules that require the construction of a certain number of parking spaces based on the square footage of a commercial building or the number of units in an apartment building.This has helped to maintain an adequate level of parking, but has also led to poor land use policies as large swaths of land must be dedicated to often empty parking lots.Parking garages can mitigate this waste, but they come with higher costs and those costs are passed on to consumers.designated parking space means a space on a road or off-street regulated parking area that is defined by an official traffic sign to be a 212 Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 SCHEDULE 4 (continued) designated parking space, and includes a metered space or a parkatarea space. These are just some of the methods residents have used to show their dissatisfaction with people parking on public streets in front of their homes.The burgeoning outrage should, at the very least, make us consider current policy.Anger can be broken down into two categories: those who are angry that neighborhood residents leave their cars in the same spot for multiple days and those who are angry that people from outside the neighborhood consume local public parking spots.While they may take their car out to the store over the course of five days, neighbors may not notice the car’s movement.Angry neighbors can then call the police to start the process of having it towed.Residents upset about long-term parking on public streets have few options since there are no parking restrictions in place.However, current Georgia law presumes that a car is abandoned after being parked on a public street continuously for more than five days.