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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,

" he said.



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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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ailey sa

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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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