'Residential district' key to permit
By Gil Smart, Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Lancaster actually has laws on the books designed to protect people living in residential districts "from unreasonable burdens in gaining access to their residences."
But the key is, you need to live in a residential district. If you do, you can get a parking permit that costs $20 per year, and allows you to park on the street near your home.
If, however, you happen to live in an area that's mostly commercial -- no permits are available. The Rev. Kelly Jo Singleton's apartment near the intersection of North Duke and East Walnut streets isn't in a residential district. "I called the Parking Authority several times to ask about permit parking," she said, "and each time the answer is no."
A self-employed minister, she has an office on Orange Street but works mostly from home "and need to have my car handy. So, I park on the street and play tag with the meter maid."
Larry Cohen is the executive director of the Lancaster Parking Authority, which owns and maintains 946 meters, five parking garages and several surface lots thoughout the city. (While the authority owns the assets, all parking fines are paid to the city, not the authority.)
Cohen wants residents to know there's plenty of space available in garages and lots. "We have a full listing of available spaces for anyone who is interested," said Cohen.n