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Fan District aims to reduce parking struggles

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The Fan District Association is creating a new plan to alleviate parking headaches in the neighborhood after years of complaints. 

"Parking is really a challenge," says Fan resident Walter Manley. "There are more cars than there are spaces so it's frustrating to get home from work and not be able to park."

The FDA says the issue stems from the city issuing more parking permits than there are spaces in The Fan.

"Because we are Fan residents there should be some sort of stipulation that people that live in this block should be able to park in this block," said Fan resident Christine Schilling said. She believes the problem is many VCU students and out-of-town visitors park in these spaces, leaving no room for the people who actually live there.

Now the FDA is considering adding more curbside spots, as well as starting to monitor parking in commercial spots. Parking in the Fan could also become more high tech. The City is looking at using license plate recognition technology that could better regulate some of the 1-hour parking zones in The Fan.

"If they get it accurate, that would help out a lot," Manley said. "Getting tickets when you haven't been there an hour is frustrating, and them being parked there for three hours without them chalking their tire is frustrating too."

Originally, the FDA considered evening and weekend parking restrictions and even adding parking meters in commercial areas. Neither idea was popular with residents and the FDA says both are now off the table.

If you have an idea how to alleviate parking in The Fan,  you can contact members of the FDA's parking committee.

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