May 19, 2023 11:00am

Birmingham's parking situation

How Magic City leaders grade the local parking situation

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Birmingham, AL Correspondent

Most influential Birmingham leaders feel the parking situation in the Magic City is at least average, but there are some specific improvements they’d like to see.

That’s the takeaway from the most recent Power Poll Birmingham, an unscientific monthly survey of local leaders.

When asked to grade the overall parking situation in Birmingham’s city center, a combined 76% of respondents gave it a ‘B’ or ‘C.’

The survey comes at a time when the Birmingham Parking Authority is partnering with the city of Birmingham and other stakeholders on a strategic parking plan that could reshape the parking scene in the downtown area.

Power Poll Birmingham suggests one goal they’d like to see for the plan is increasing availability of parking, with 46% of respondents saying that’s the factor they’d most like to see improved.

Another 16% said they’d like to see improvements in the location of parking options.

When asked about specific areas they’d like to see more parking options, the increasingly popular Second Avenue North area was the clear winner — garnering 37% of the responses.

The Parkside area (24%) wasn’t far behind.

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About Power Poll: Power Poll asks questions of the most powerful, influential people in U.S. cities. It is not a scientific survey. But because the people responding to the surveys comprise the leadership structure of their cities, the results afford a fascinating glimpse into the thoughts, opinions, and beliefs of those in a position to make change. Power Poll is distinctly nonpartisan.

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