Proposed parking changes for a busy part of Northwest Portland ran into opposition from business and property owners Thursday at the Portland City Council.
The neighborhood group, the Northwest District Association, supported the plan when it was rolled out last week. New meters and signs would enforce three-hour parking limits across dozens of blocks around Northwest 23rd Avenue.
The area’s leading business group opposes the plan.
Tom Ranieri owns Cinema 21. He says the proposal wouldn’t end what Mayor Sam Adams’ calls the “parking wars.”
Ranieri explained, “This plan won’t end the conflict, it won’t fix the problem. Part of any solution will be parking controls, so some good has come out of this, that can be salvaged and refined. But the plan he is rushing fails crucially to attack the heart of the problem: namely, the significant, documented, universally-recognized parking deficit.”
Residents and business owners alike called for a parking plan that puts greater emphasis on providing more off-street parking, through new garages or surface lots.
Adams has pressed for a council vote on the parking plan before he leaves office at the end of the year.