Retro Row parking zone condensed; council may also shorten paid parking hours

The City Council on Tuesday will be looking at shortening the hours in which patrons are required to pay for parking along Retro Row.

The move, which will require drivers to pay for parking between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. (down from 9 p.m.), came after controversy over new parking regulations set earlier this year. Additionally, the city sent out a notice that Public Works will shrink the area of metered parking, with meters only in effect between Hermosa and Junipero Avenues.

Originally, the changes affected 197 spots along the east-west stretch of Fourth Street between Temple and Hermosa avenues, along with a handful of north-south streets. In November, many residents expressed concern and frustration at not being properly notified of the changes in the parking-impacted neighborhood.

“They came out of nowhere,” said resident Oscar Cancio earlier this year. “None of us received any notification—nothing on social media, no flyers, nothing on the city newsletter.”

Another resident, Eileen Hunter, discovered via text from her angry husband as the city began installing a pay station outside their home on Fourth Street between Wisconsin Avenue and Carroll Park East.

“We found out when they installed a pay station in front of our window—like, directly in front of our window,” Hunter said. “We feel like it’s going to be an even further hassle for friends visiting us.”

The plan for the parking, passed last November by the city council, initially called for a two-hour limit and was framed as a partnership between the city and the Fourth Street business improvement district.

Brian Addison is a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or on social media at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 19 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. In 2019, he was awarded the Food/Culture Critic of the Year across any platform at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.