Solving Our Parking Problem
Man with the Plan Running for Alderman
Milwaukee, Wisconsin—Ira Robins, candidate for Alderman for District Three, unveiled his plan to solve the notorious Milwaukee parking problem today.
Robins notes, “Students and other residents are getting soaked by over-aggressive parking enforcers who are encouraged to issue parking tickets as a City fundraising vehicle, and there are not enough parking spaces. Working-class folks and students suffer the most.”
Ira Robins’ Plan on Parking
“As a start, I propose creating multi-level parking structures where there are now ground-level lots:
- Downer Street across from the Downer Theater
- 2200 N. Prospect Avenue
- Webster Street off of Brady Street
- And especially all around UWM
and that’s just the beginning, there are other locations too.” said Robins.
Notes Robins: “Under this approach, the Third District would gain at least 1,200 parking places and still maintain the present revenue stream. That would reduce parking congestion, with the added benefit of area property values increasing. Enough of people driving round-and-round to find a parking place, or UWM students leaving classes every two hours to feed the meters — and then there’s those damn parking tickets.”
Robins concludes, “In order for new construction projects such as large buildings or hotels to be approved by the Council, they would be required to provide sufficient parking for their tenants, and include a percentage of additional parking spaces for lease to neighboring residents.”
Investing in New Parking
“So, how do we pay for this? Consider that the Common Council found money to pay for the arena and the new street car. We can sell bonds (or hold a bake sale.) In the long run these parking structures will pay for themselves and create a positive revenue flow,” said Robins. “Enough! This continuing parking nightmare has only reduced our quality of life, and is awful municipal policy.”
Ira Robins says his goal is to reduce parking enforcement to a reasonable level and still maintain compliance with parking ordinances. “That’s the main reason why I’m running.”
Robins points out the “City writes too many parking tickets; 773,000 tickets last year out of a population of 599,164.” (U.S. Census, 2010)
I have been asked to run for alderman because the Milwaukee Common Council has let us down.
Ira Robins has over fifty-one years of investigative experience, which includes fourteen years as a Wisconsin police officer, seventeen as a private investigator and more than twenty years as an investigative consultant. He has a deep knowledge of community and government.
Ira Robins for Alderman
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