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Commissioners, Consultants Address Parking Issues in Lawrence

Lawrence City Commissioners met earlier this week to discuss the longstanding parking problems in the city.

Commissioners reviewed a parking study that balances the needs of residents, business owners, and developers in downtown Lawrence and 12 surrounding neighborhoods.

Gerald Salzman is one of the consultants from Desman, a parking consultant company, which is conducting the study. Salzman told commissioners his firm has plenty of solutions, but that only some are palatable.

Commissioner Matthew Herbert voiced his opinion saying that while the parking issue is prevalent, it’s not necessarily a bad problem to have.
“I think sometimes when we look at downtown and we say, ‘look at all these people downtown, this is a parking problem,’ it’s a hell of a problem to have,” he said.

Once the rest of the study is completed, the consultants will have another meeting to discuss the results in two or three weeks.