By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010
Although they have tried it twice before unsuccessfully, the Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood Association is looking more and more seriously at creating a permit parking system for the west end of their neighborhood, and they may have company in doing it.
At the association’s annual meeting last month, board member Will Elder related that because of the proximity of Lloyd District and its metered parking, and the MAX light rail system’s Free Rail stop, too many visitors use Sullivan’s Gulch streets as a free parking lot. In addition, he noted that when the Portland Streetcar eastside extension opens in 2012, the Broadway-Weidler corridor will receive meters at least as far east as Northeast Seventh Avenue and many think it is only a matter of time before the entire street is metered.
Under a permit system, residents and businesses are eligible to purchase decal permits that allow them to park anywhere in the district indefinitely; non-permit holders can park only for prescribed limits, usually two hours, after which they may be ticketed. However, before a system is put in place, a majority of households or businesses in the district must approve it.
According to Elder, the Lloyd District Transportation Management Association is willing to help set up a permit system, not necessarily just for Sullivan’s Gulch, but for Irvington and Eliot, which also border the Lloyd District and also have street-parking issues.