Residents, merchants and restaurant owners who all call the popular Nashville neighborhood 12South home have been in dialogue recently as they seek resolve for a growing issue: parking.
The trendy neighborhood has been growing at a quick rate over the past couple of years and with multiple developments underway in the heart of the neighborhood, the parking issue has come to a head and the time has come for homeowners and business owners in the neighborhood to work towards a compromise; a goal that is proving to be easier said than done.
As it stands, visitors to the neighborhood often park on side streets, which causes problems for people who reside on those streets. Moreover, with the growth the neighborhood has seen both in businesses and more people moving to the area, there are more cars requiring parking than in the past.
Businesses along 12th Avenue South have customers parking along side streets, namely Caruthers, Gilmore and Montrose avenues.
As this neighborhood gets more popular, neighbors get more desperate. Some of them now use signs, others cones, all in a push to reserve a place to park.
Neighbors recently came together and submitted a petition to Metro’s Traffic and Parking Commission, seeking permit parking on Caruthers, Gilmore and Montrose from 10th to 12th Avenue. The board, however, didn’t make a decision, hoping business owners and homeowners might compromise.
Some ideas could include rules like two-hour parking or limited permit parking. The two groups will continue to meet and hope to have a compromise in place before the commission’s next meeting on Dec. 10.
What do you think about the parking situation in Nashville’s 12South neighborhood? What compromise or solution do you think would resolve this issue best? Do you think two-hour parking would be better or are permits the way to go? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.
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