Hartford Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts came to Face the State to talk about the drop in crime in your capital city. Certainly good news, but I wanted to also ask him about some of the other issues Hartfordites and city visitors are concerned about, including parking.
I can’t tell you how many complaints from viewers, citizens, and merchants about parking. There is plenty of parking downtown, no doubt about it. Problem is, the overall parking system isn’t very good. Many people who are coming to downtown to run a quick errand, or meet someone for a drink or lunch, don’t want to shell out a ton of cash to park in a garage.
One of the biggest complaints is the fact that meters are routinely bagged by HPD, forcing drivers into lots and garages. To complicate matters, the meters are a no parking zone between 3:30PM and 6:30PM. Merchants hate this policy, arguing it it is a business killer. Meters right in front of restaurants suddenly become no parking zones. I asked the chief about it. On Sunday’s Face the State, the chief will explain why that’s done, and the best news: he supports getting rid of that late afternoon/early evening meter ban!
Problem is, the chief doesn’t have the sole authority to change it. The parking authority and Mayor Pedro Segarra need to get it done.
Tune in this Sunday at 11AM to watch the complete interview with Chief Roberts.