Tom Chapman, Fargo, Published February 17 2014
Letter: Neighborhood parking ignoredA recent article in The Forum was about a committee that was going to study downtown parking. How many times has that been done? I hope they will also study residential parking.
I live in north Fargo, and it is impossible to answer why people abuse street parking as they do. After working for hours, you can drive anywhere and find a car parked on the street, where it will remain all night, and next to it is an empty driveway. It is seen all over Fargo but especially near apartment complexes.
It is my understanding that apartment owners must provide off-street parking. Why is this going on? My answer is that people are too lazy to park where they should.
Do I have a solution? No, but I have a suggestion. Charge people to park on the street from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. They should buy a tag to hang on the mirror similar to those used by people with handicaps. Charge them $5 a month or $40 a year.
Drive down North Broadway near 30th Avenue after 10 p.m. and you see the same cars year-round creating a safety hazard and a street department cleaning problem.
If certain people want to create unsafe conditions, let them pay for it.