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Parking Enforcement, Permits Could Push Out South Side Businesses

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The latest conflict on the South Side has some businesses looking for new locations.

Last month residential parking permits started to be required on some streets between noon to midnight and some shop owners are threatening to relocate, our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report.

The permits affect streets between 10th and 17th streets south of East Carson and came about after residents signed a petition in order to find parking near their homes, the newspaper says.

As many as 10,000 visitors frequent the South Side, according to the Post-Gazette, and a little more than a month ago, police started cracking down on weekend offenders as part of their South Side “Blitz.”

The “Blitz,” put into place by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, is aimed at cutting down the shootings, screaming, fights and other rambunctious behavior that saturates the South Side night life.

Hundreds of cars have been towed since the program’s initiation and police have been extra diligent in handing out tickets for parking violations – now to the woe of many business owners.

With the new parking permits in place, businesses are complaining that employees can’t find parking and customers are getting parking tickets, according to the Post-Gazette.

The newspaper reports that business owners and residents went head to head on the parking matter at a community meeting Tuesday.

No changes came as a result of the meeting, but business owners tell the newspaper they are trying to negotiate with residents to find a happy medium on the parking issue.

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