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Parking woes on agenda for 5th Ward meeting

More businesses and residents have led to concerns about parking congestion in the mixed-use neighborhood.

Parking can be tight along Ashland Avenue near Payne Street in Evanston's Hill Arts District.

Assuming they can find a place to park, residents and merchants in Evanston’s Hill Arts District will be able to sound off about possible ways to make parking easier in the neighborhood west of Green Bay Road.

Ald. Bobby Burns (5th) and City Parking Manager Michael Rivera will talk with citizens Wednesday evening in a ward meeting at Double Clutch Brewery, 2121 Ashland Ave.

According to the city’s announcement, discussion will “focus on establishing parking rules to create turnover so there is equitable access to parking.”

Among the issues under consideration are options for short-term parking management on part of Ashland, a possible residential parking district on a portion of Dewey, loading zones, metered parking and usage options for a city-leased lot at 2200 Ashland.

The meeting is scheduled to run from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Jeff Hirsh

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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