Muhlenberg Township very badly wants to fill its empty lots and storefronts.
But there’s a holdup: The township’s major commercial stretch, Fifth Street Highway, needs updating before it will be an attractive place for businesses to set up shop.
The road is a hodgepodge of shopping centers, some empty and some filled, as well as offices, homes and a vacant industrial site. Entrances, driveways and side roads introduce traffic at every step.
“It’s a nightmare right now and people avoid it,” said Michael S. Malinowski, Muhlenberg commissioners president. “The last thing you want as an official of any community is to have your major corridor avoided by people.”
Lancaster PA is a fairly progressive community that is embracing a modern technology to make permit parking easier for everyone.
Lancaster has 19 residential parking areas throughout the city. Administration of the program is taking a giant leap forward that will make life better for everyone involved and save money. Instead of issuing yearly parking stickers, the city will start issuing permanent parking stickers that will only need replaced if you sell your vehicle. Most people keep a vehicle for at least four years so think of the savings right there! There were nearly 2,500 stickers being issued every year.
The new stickers will be affixed to the right side of the vehicle’s rear window. They will be round, orange and have a barcode. The barcode will contain all the information parking enforcement needs to know about you and your vehicle. This information will be available using the same technology as having your groceries scanned at the local supermarket. Hand-held units will read the easy to find barcode and make enforcement a snap.
About 90 percent of all permit parking permit renewals have already been paid for 2011. The low $20 fee pays for the administration of the program. The fee has remained at $20 since 2003.