Parking on both sides of the street is finally legal, thanks to some city common sense.
Parking on both sides of the street is finally legal, thanks to some city common sense.

Our long municipal nightmare is over! Parking regulations that make sense

This story originally ran Feb 15, 2016. No changes have been made other than updating applicable links. 

Grab your flags, your noisemakers, your flashing lights and your ticker tape. Our long municipal nightmare is over.

As difficult as it may be to believe, the City of Milwaukee, under continued pressure from Ald. Nik Kovac, has actually done something that reeks of common sense. It’s so logical that it’s a miracle it hasn’t happened before.

The virtually constant mystery of where people are permitted to park their cars in Milwaukee at night has been solved, and most can sleep safely at night, not wondering whether the parking checker gnomes are slapping a ticket on their windshield.

Here’s the background, or at least some of the background because the whole city parking thing is only slightly less complicated than the formula for a nuclear bomb and about as friendly.

Milwaukee has something called alternate street parking meaning  you can only park on one side of the street. On even dates, like Feb. 12, you have to park on the even side of the street. On odd dates, like Feb. 13, it’s the odd side of the street.

The change means that if  you live in one of the exception areas (call your alderperson to find out if that's you) you can park on both sides of the street unless the Department of Public Works calls an operation, which normally means a snow storm where they have to plow.

As Kovac said, "There’s aren’t any signs for this. It’s just something you have to know." You can check if your street allows parking on both sides here. 

This whole thing never seemed to make much sense and Kovac – with co-sponsors, Milele Coggs, Robert Bauman, Jose Perez, Tony Zielinski and Bob Donovan – finally, after years of work, came up with a solution.

They got it past the rest of the Common Council, and now, with streets almost barren of snow, you can actually park on both sides of the street at night

. Not the entire city, of course, but the e…

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