City of Bloomington, Indiana


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closed #165511

Parking Permits

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I'm an IU senior who lives on 217 S Lincoln in town. My apartment doesn't have parking for all of its tenants this year, all nearby garage lots are full, and monthly parking lots are being rented out by the local churches and businesses. I have tried for weeks to find a parking spot even remotely close to my apartment and hoped that The City would be able to issue me a Zone 9 permit since that is the closest zone to my apartment (within blocks). Today I was turned away and told "you either live in the zone or you don't, so there are no other options." I am incredibly appalled that The City has no means to help and is not willing to accept the money of a county citizen who is in a desperate situation to find parking. The City doesn't have to care about my specific situation or plight, but it should care about the well-being and security of the masses. I know I am not the only person in my neighborhood who is having such an issue. Parking should be an essential living item--like food, water, and shelter. Adequate and nearby parking is quite often a NECESSITY in order for people to get to work, to keep their jobs, to earn an income, to visit their families, to maintain a routine. It is senseless, unorganized, and uncivil for The City to claim to put such an emphasis on city parking yet not provide a zone for all areas of town NOR allow a resident to receive a permit for the closest zone to their residence. Come on, Bloomington, who are you helping if you're not out to help everyone?