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CMU Students to Provide Dormont Parking Study

Graduate students from Carnegie Mellon University will provide a study of Dormont's parking situation—for free.

Dormont Borough is going to get a complete parking study, courtesy of graduate students from Carnegie Mellon University—and they're going to do it for free, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

The Tribune-Review last week reported on the program, which was discussed at the Feb. 4 council meeting.

The 10-week project would focus on how to improve the parking situation in Dormont's business and residential areas. A group of graduate students from the university's Sustainable Community Development course would conduct the project.

For details, and to read the full report from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, click here.

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jd February 18, 2013 at 06:47 PM
To bad the skatepark didn't work out or they could have studied that to !
Karen February 18, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Residential parking should be limited to those who live on that street only for parking . Not the streets like West Liberty with many apartment buildings. Parking for street residents is at a premium as it is. We have almost all of the parking on our street gone before any of us who live there get home from work.
Lisa February 18, 2013 at 07:52 PM
Well it is simple. most families have more than one car and not enough off street parking for them OR they choose not to use the off street space because they are a.) too lazy to walk up from behind homes or b.) the garages are in poor repair and unusable. We have a lot of apartments that house several people to a unit with cars and no lots, or not enough space for them or they too would rather not walk up from behind them OR the landlords charge for them so people choose not to use them, which I can't blame them. There study done. = ) Bad garages should be torn down and made in to useable parking spots. People with off street spaces should not only be able to buy parking permits for the cars that do not fit in thier availible off street spots ( cause people cant be considerate on thier own) and Landlords should not be allowed to charge for spots connected to apartment buildings. ...in a perfect world...
Lisa February 18, 2013 at 08:35 PM
oops should only be able to buy... not sure how that not got in there. = )
Jason D Flaherty February 18, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Illinoise Avenue has apartments that charge for parking. All their rental adds say $40 a month or free street parking. I think the permitted areas need to be that 24/7 not till 3pm. Makes no sense. It's funny, park in front of someone's house who has a driveway that doesn't use it!
Jenny February 19, 2013 at 06:03 AM
My street has several apartment buildings and only one side parking. If you don't allow people to park on other streets then their own, when I come home from work at 3am and my whole street is full, where do I propose I park? I live in a duplex that offers no parking spaces and I only own 1 vehicle.
DSA February 19, 2013 at 09:00 PM
I have a driveway that I don't always use but I also don't get mad when someone is parked in front of my house.
Dormonster February 19, 2013 at 09:07 PM
I've been fortunate to live on a few of the rare streets that do not have parking issues. I'm curious to see what—if any solutions are possible. The article above mentions that they will also be looking at the business areas. Will this study also include #1 Cochran's proposed plan? I'm still unsure of that plan working out. Also, a lot of streets in Dormont do not have lines painted. I think that would be helpful and if it could somehow be enforced to park within the lines.
JS February 19, 2013 at 10:30 PM
DSA - thanks so much for not getting mad about people parking in front of your house. If you have a driveway and don't use it, you are part of the problem. Any problem with me parking in your driveway? I bought a Dormont house that doesn't have off-street parking, and I would love to have a garage or a parking pad to park on, but I understand that I may have to park a block or so away at times. Those that have off-street parking but don't use it are just inconsiderate or lazy. Why are all the garages that are falling apart or have doors that are half closed in the alleys tolerated? The code enforcers are all over overgrown plants in the alleys, but apparently those with unusable garages that are just eyesores do not get fined.
Karen February 21, 2013 at 04:56 PM
How about the people with 2 car garages that have junk in them and park the 2 or 3 cars they have on the street.
Ed M February 21, 2013 at 06:17 PM
If I'm not mistaken, the streets are open to the public. Anyone can park legally anywhere they want overnight.
DormontMOM February 27, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Well let's not forget the lot Doromnt uses during the day and has paid meters on but at night Prudential will not let anyone park there or they will be towed, at Dormont Plaza. Snow removal is not a good enough reason not to let people park there over night, we have nowhere to park it helped when streets were full,it is wasted space not being utilized.

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