A Darwinian struggle for survival.
The city could install as many as 467 metered parking spaces on or near North Fourth Avenue next year.
Donna DiFiore, owner of Delectables, hopes the city listens to the public about plans to install parking meters. Her restaurant and catering business has been at 533 N. Fourth Avenue for 35 years - and parking has always been an issue, she says.
Merchants along North Fourth Avenue are adopting a wait-and-see attitude when it comes to city plans to install parking meters next year.
If you drive downtown, you'll be paying double to park at a meter - once downtown streets are re-opened enough for anyone to drive there and reach a parking meter.
Some meters are out of commission, and some parking spaces have been removed.
This week marks one full year of streetcar construction in downtown Tucson - and merchants there are fuming.
Hugo Lopez works on tracks near the Hotel Congress. Shopkeepers have been begging for a break on parking rates, to no avail.
City officials are considering shifting $2 million out of a restricted ParkWise savings fund so the parking agency can buy new equipment.
City-sponsored gem show shuttles are back. The Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase brings thousands of visitors to Tucson - and thousands of extra cars, too.
Josie Romero fishes for money to pay the meter while holding on to her 11-month-old son, Jonathan Palomares, on West Alameda Street while Rose Delestre, left, keeps tabs on Jordan Palomares, 3. A state legislator wants cities to be held accountable for their parking meters.
PHOENIX - There are 60 minutes in an hour. Everybody knows that - except, perhaps an indeterminate number of faulty parking meters that may be having trouble keeping time.
Tucsonans might be shelling out more to park at downtown meters and city-operated garages in the near future.
A convergence of events in downtown Tucson today could make parking tough.
Nali Pereira, center, sipped Turkish coffee with her neighbor Karen Phelps, right (in purple), at a coffee stand on the opening night of Tucson Meet Yourself on Friday.
After 16 neighborhood representatives said they want to be able to park in front of their own homes, ParkWise spent an hour Tuesday talking about why they shouldn't.
Do you want parking tickets to be issued here, there or everywhere?
If you don't feel the potholes first, it certainly takes little time to spot one around the city. Above, a section of East Broadway near Kolb Road shows signs of deterioration and is one stretch that will get mill-and-overlay treatment.
The city's new pavement-preservation fund will buy us 60 miles of smooth, pothole-free roads. Big projects include mill-and-overlay treatments for two miles of Broadway between Wilmot and Pantano roads and two miles of Mission Road between Grande Avenue and Ajo Way.
The ParkWise Commission will hold a public hearing tonight about parking enforcement boundaries and the city's parking code.