Why banning parking on Lincoln, Sunset is a good idea

Published: 08/17/2022 19:28:43 Modified: 08/17/2022 19:25:16 James Barna couldn’t be more wrong when he says banning parking on Li...



Published: 08/17/2022 19:28:43

Modified: 08/17/2022 19:25:16

James Barna couldn’t be more wrong when he says banning parking on Lincoln and Sunset Avenues in Amherst will deprive city workers, who are Amherst taxpayers, of their rightful parking spots.

How do we know he’s wrong? The evidence is there for everyone. During the Christmas, Spring and Long Summer holidays, UMass does not park there. And during school term, when people park there, they all walk north on Lincoln to campus. They do not work in downtown businesses and businesses.

The only people who would be denied parking if these bans were passed are UMass students and employees who park there to avoid paying fees for the parking spaces made available to them on campus.

As he says, they are not all Amherst taxpayers either. Many of them don’t live or register their cars in Amherst, so don’t pay property tax or auto excise in Amherst.

When UMass is in session, these two-way streets become one-way hazards. We who live on Lincoln and Sunset are not just inconvenienced. We are in danger when firefighters and other emergency vehicles cannot get quick and direct access to our homes. The speed bumps mentioned by Mr. Barna may slow traffic, but they do not widen our streets.

Ken Rosenthal

Amherst



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