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PPA to begin ticketing some of the illegally parked vehicles on the Broad Street median

South Philly residents are still pretty split on whether or not parking should be allowed on the Broad Street median, as shown through this recent survey.

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A permanent ban on this already-illegal parking won’t be happening at this time, but Mayor Kenney is trying to please both sides of the issue by making some new enforcements on Broad Street. The Philadelphia Parking Authority will now be ticketing vehicles in the median only “when a car is fishtailed, in the turning lane, and in the crosswalk.”

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In case you haven’t noticed yet, your parking permit got more expensive

The PPA has sent out applications for new, more expensive parking permits, which will now cost houses with four cars $260 a year instead of as little as $80.

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Having only one car is a much more modest $35. The new pricing structure was the result of an ordinance passed last fall to discourage households from having multiple cars. The first car is $35, the second is $50, third is $75 and a fourth or more (god forbid) are $100 a piece.

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PPA’s recent war on sidewalk scooters is already over

UPDATE: The PPA agreed after meeting with Councilman Mark Squilla and a rep for Kenyatta Johnson to relax its recent enforcement of a ban on parking scooters on sidewalks. Starting early next month, though, you’ll need a residential parking permit to do so. What this means for commuters to Center City is still unclear because PPA’s announcement said parking on commercial streets will still be banned. KYW reported there may be a deal to reduce scooter parking in PPA-owned lots to $5 a day. Stay tuned.

Ticketed scooter at 13th and Passyunk, courtesy of @piezmofo

Ticketed scooter at 13th and Passyunk, courtesy of @piezmofo

A hubbub erupted in the past couple weeks after the PPA started ticketing scooters and motorcycles parked on sidewalks – including ones parked on residential streets in front of people’s houses.

Suddenly, $76 tickets started popping up everywhere for doing something that was always ignored.

Enter Councilman Mark Squilla, who met Friday with the PPA. Squilla told us that he was planning to push for allowing owners to be able to legally park on the sidewalk in front of their own houses.

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Parking permit prices may go up – especially for houses with more than 1 car

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A bill to increase residential parking permit prices has been approved by a City Council committee, and households with multiple cars would be hit exponentially harder.

For the first car, the price of a permit renewal would go from $20 to $35 a year (it’s $35 for the first year now). The second car’s permit would cost $50, the third $75 and the fourth $100.

Rick Dickson, deputy executive director of the Parking Authority, told Newsworks:

The cost increase should encourage people to consider whether they really need more than one car, Dickson said.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Spotted: Can the PPA just park anywhere? Not anymore.

A gracious reader sent us this picture recently of a Philadelphia Parking Authority ticket writer parked illegally at Passyunk and Morris.

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It immediately tapped into that “No fair!” instinct. Turns out, the PPA doesn’t like it either.

Spokesman Martin O’Rourke told us last week that ticket writers are actually not allowed to park in no-parking zones – anymore.

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