Feeding coin-operated parking meters Downtown is a big pain in the butt. Mayor Joe Ganim’s administration, following a campaign pledge, is looking to modernize the meter system that plagues visitors and businesses.
CT Post reporter Hugh Bailey has more on this:
Even as officials say they’re trying to improve the parking situation in downtown Bridgeport, some local merchants say the system needs more than tweaking–it requires a complete overhaul.
“It is a nightmare,” said Maria Gaspar, who manages Bijou Square Wine Shop on Fairfield Avenue.
She said customers routinely complain about overly eager meter enforcement staff and getting hit with $35 parking tickets. “We have customers who rush in and out because they know they’re going to get a ticket,” she said.
The Downtown Special Services District recently circulated a letter to area businesses asking that merchants and their employees use one of the three parking structures in the neighborhood, on Middle Street, behind the Holiday Inn; on John Street, near the intersection of Broad Street; or on Fairfield, Avenue near the intersection of Lafayette Boulevard.
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