Brutus from over there at ElPasoSpeak.com advises his readers that City Council is proposing a new ordinance restricting parking along the streetcar route:
From the proposed ordinance amendment:
“Except as provided in 12.90.50 below … no person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle on any side of a street within the Streetcar Route.”
That will offset any benefit a business owner might have gained from having the trolley run past his business.
But it’s a real problem, as illustrated by the picture above. There’s a trolley out on a test run, stymied by a beer truck stopped on the tracks in the Gayborhood. There’s not a lot of parking available there on Stanton, and not much space for beer trucks to stop to make a delivery.
I reckon those business owners will be hurt more than helped by having the streetcar run down the street, because new customers enticed by the trolley route won’t make up for the customers they lose because of parking.
Oh well. Now we own the streetcars. I hope they work.