Last fall the city and borough created a new parking lot on the corner of Second and Franklin, across the street from the Baranof Hotel. During the legislative sessions the lot is reserved for legislative staff. The rest of the year there are 16 free one-hour parking slots - the first two rows - available to the public.
This summer the free spots have rarely been full. Apparently, most people still don't know this parking is available during the second half of the year.
I have seen many people driving around searching for street parking, unaware they can park in this lot. Quite a few people have been surprised when I told them about it.
I fear that if more people don't make use of these parking spaces, the Assembly may decide to dedicate the lot to monthly permit parking.
I've noticed that the one-hour signs all face away from the street. It would help if the city and borough would install additional signs, visible from Franklin Street, making it clear that the parking spaces are available to the public. This will be especially important next year when Seward Street will be torn up for reconstruction.
Franklin Street Barbers
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