East Falls ‘parking summit’ will unite residents with officials to brainstorm solutions

 The 3300 block of Tilden St., between Vaux and Henry, is often lined on both sides with parked vehicles. (Brian Hickey/WHYY)

The 3300 block of Tilden St., between Vaux and Henry, is often lined on both sides with parked vehicles. (Brian Hickey/WHYY)

Organizers of a Monday night “Parking Summit” hope to connect East Falls residents with city and state officials in an effort to discuss and, ideally, address an issue that’s often the source of community concern.

 

Sparked by the East Falls Community Council (EFCC), Fourth District City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. has invited agencies ranging from the Philadelphia Parking Authority and Streets Department to PennDOT and police.

The meeting will be held at Falls Presbyterian Church, 3800 Vaux St., from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

“Parking is at a premium, as it is in many areas of the district,” said Josh Cohen, special assistant in Jones’ council office. “We hope to come together as a working group, coming up with short-term and long-term solutions. It might end up becoming a gripe session, but we hope to avoid that.

“Our goal is to make sure this is not a one-time meeting but, after the meeting, to have residents interested in talking further, and continuing to meet with representatives [of the invited agencies].”

The EFCC has invited residents to call (215) 848-3300 or email to “identify the specific problem area you’re aware of” in advance of the meeting.

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