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      Parking problems plague downtown Amarillo businesses


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      apoli's
      Italian Restaurant is in the heart of downtown Amarillo, but Manager Oscar Rangel said lately potential customers take a second look before they dine there, and it's because of limited parking.



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      nyone would rather free park at a restaurant that has no limitation of time

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      and because they see signs around our restaurant they immediately assume that they might have a parking ticket by the time they get out of lunch


      ," Rangel said.


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      apoli's shares a
      12 space parking lot with a neighboring business that's dedicated to customers, but most of the time it's not customers that fill the spaces.



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      ometimes my employees have difficulty finding parking,

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      e have to allow our employees to use those spots because they can't park anywhere else


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      owntown

      Amarillo Inc. unveiled its most recent study on downtown parking Monday, and according to Executive Director Melissa Dailey, sufficient amount of parking isn't the problem.



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      ell interestingly enough we have more parking than any other land use downtown

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      arking lots actually out number all other uses combined downtown."


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      the solution to parking problems is the management of parking spots and times

      . The survey divided parking into three types: on-street spaces, private surface lots and public surface lots.



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      ne of the things we're exploring is a possibility of a centralized parking garage for
      Polk Street to provide parking not only for people coming downtown for entertainment, but also for people that are in office buildings," Dailey said.

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