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Block Street 'Back In' Parking Review

Block street's back in parking is heading back in front of city leaders Tuesday.
Fayetteville, AR - Block street's back in parking is heading back in front of city leaders Tuesday.

The spots were installed about four years ago, after heated debate. The transportation committee is taking another look, thanks to a citizen complaint. Director of Development Services Jeremy Pate says back in parking is safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers themselves.

"With back in, you're there, you can see the street, you can pull right out," he says. "We think it's successful, and haven't had a lot of complaints since it was implemented."

Businesses on Block Street say the parking is a pain for customers.

"It's been a nightmare," says Shag Salon Stylist Camille Garland. "No one ever comes in and says, 'Oh! That was no big deal at all. That was easy.' I hear a lot of 'I had to back up four or five times, and... traffic was waiting.'"

Pate says switching the parking situation would cost $25,000 to $40,000, and three to eight spots.

"We should not go back to this street when we have a lot of other projects to get to and limited resources to do them," he says. "We also talked to a number of cities that have gone through this same scenario. They tried it, some changed, some did not, and people simply get used to it."

Garland says that simply hasn't happened.

"Enough time has passed," she says. "It's still every single day. We hear it all day long."
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