Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Parking Issue Is Symbolic of Downtown

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Parking Issue Is Symbolic of Downtown

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Downtown parking is the issue that never goes away.

Many familiar with it say that there is lots of parking, but people just don't know how to find it. It's a combination of one-way streets and poor signage.

Others have had poor experiences finding parking downtown. They remember.

So we asked members of our Email Interactive Group for their comments.


Parking downtown is a major problem when I attend events or shop. Most of the garages are not conveniently located to either the Florida Theatre or the Landing. The Skyway does not go where people want to go, such as the stadium, so that people could use more remote parking sites and then use public transportation to get to their final destination.

Also, there are just too many panhandlers downtown for me to want to go there anyway.

Lisa Elwell, Ponte Vedra Beach


A motorist should be able to use a bank card to pay for parking. Most folks don't carry cash, especially where safety might be an issue. EPCOT at Walt Disney World has the best idea, use passenger trams to carry people from parking areas to other locations downtown and the sports complex. Some existing parking lots can use the stacker system. It's a safe way to increase capacity and put the driver closer to their destination.

Bill Guerrant, Jacksonville


My wife and I have been downtown on a few occasions when there weren't any special activities going on and we found parking to be quite adequate. We do, however, avoid going into town whenever there's any type of sports activity or anything that attracts large crowds. I can only imagine what the parking situation would be like then.

Jim Baird, Jacksonville


What reasons are there to go downtown? Unless you are unfortunate enough to have to go to court or the police station, the only other reason I go downtown is for the symphony, which provides parking in a relatively safe place.

I have been in Jacksonville since 1984 and have seen these efforts come and go with no discernible difference. I have come to the conclusion that you simply cannot coerce, entice or otherwise motivate people to live or go where they don't want to. Period. To those who would disagree, I have two words: Town Center!

Manny Barrientos, Jacksonville


Parking downtown is not a problem like Riverside or Avondale.

If I'm going to the Florida Theatre or Indochine, I arrive early and park on the streets in the area. I've never had to walk more than two blocks. If I'm going to the Times-Union Center or the Landing, as a retired CSX employee I have a pass to park in the north CSX lot after five on weekdays and on weekends.

Larry Roberts, Jacksonville


If this city would extend the people mover to the stadium and a few more places on the outside of the inner city (Riverside and Avondale and north to Gateway), people would truly use it like it was intended. …

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