Parking meters spreading in Inner Southeast?
A published report indicates that at least one Portland City Commissioner, Sam Adams, is open to exploring the idea of placing parking meters on S.E. Hawthorne Boulevard, S.E. Belmont Street, and S.E. Division Street. Although Portland is seeking ways to raise more revenue, and in fact on July 17th substantially increased the fines for overparking downtown, Adams is quoted as saying that if the businesses on the affected streets don't want meters, 'they won't happen'.
Adams apparently is impressed by a study which shows meters have improved business in districts of other cities which had not previously had them. In addition, the parking meters introduced in the Lloyd Center area do not seem to have caused objections or problems.
The Commissioner reportedly began public discussion of this possibility at a meeting of the Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association on July 19th.