People who own lofts, condos, or penthouses in the Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego are likely well aware how problematic parking and traffic can be in the area, especially on the weekends when everyone comes down to party at the clubs. However, the city has come up with a solution to make one of the main drags of the Gaslamp a little easier and safer for drivers to navigate.
The Problem with Gaslamp Parking
The Gaslamp Quarter is known for its fantastic nightlife, but this fun atmosphere also causes many issues. It can take up to 30 minutes for a car to move a block along Fifth Avenue because of all the parking and loading happening on each side of the street. The combination of traffic and hyperactive clubgoers walking around regularly results in accidents throughout the area, which causes more congestion to build up.
The New Gaslamp Loading Zone
Michael Trimble, the executive director of the Gaslamp Quarter Association, hopes he has found a solution. The “Fifth Avenue Nighttime Active Loading Zone” will restrict parking along Fifth Avenue on Friday and Saturday evenings. As of, September 2nd, no parking will be allowed between 8pm and 3am along Fifth Avenue between Harbor Drive and Broadway. Instead, there will be a loading zone with a maximum waiting time of 3 minutes.
Some People Are Less Than Thrilled
Naturally, some regulars in the Gaslamp Quarter are rather annoyed by the new restrictions. After a 30-day grace period, people will get towed if they park in the area. This is causing some complaints that tow trucks will be just as unsafe for pedestrians as parked cars, and some people are worried traffic will just get worse now that 125 parking spaces have been removed.
High Hopes for the New Loading Zone
Despite some complaints, most of the business owners along Fifth Avenue think the loading zone will prove effective. Without cars backing in and out of spots amidst heavy traffic, there should be less of a risk for pedestrians. The loading zone area should also streamline pickups and drop-offs throughout the Gaslamp so people will not have to run out into traffic to meet their ride.
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