Residents and visitors of the Alamitos Beach neighborhood may have to spend less time looking for parking, with the City of Long Beach’s announcement Friday that 121 new parking spaces have been added along 1st Street and 2nd Street between Alamitos Avenue and Cherry Avenue.

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said the city is constantly striving to improve neighborhoods impacted by parking.

“These additional parking spaces are a step in the right direction for Long Beach and I look forward to the addition of more spaces in other neighborhoods throughout the City,” Garcia said in a statement.

Adding the new parking spaces was made possible by increasing the previously 60-degree angle of diagonal striping for spots that were already in existence on the north side of 1st Street and the south side of 2nd Street, according to the announcement.

“Increased parking is something I have been passionate about since I took office,” Councilmember Jeannine Pearce said in a statement. “I am pleased to be working with the Public Works Department to continue seeking innovative ways to increase parking spaces where it is safe and possible to add them.”

Fronted by single- and multi-family residential units and some businesses, 1st Street and 2nd Street between Alamitos and Cherry will remain wide enough for vehicle traffic, including safety vehicles.

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In his newsletter to subscribers today, Garcia noted the re-striping and addition of these new parking spaces is an innovative pilot that, if successful, increases the potential of the city adding hundreds of more spaces in Alamitos Beach as well as other parking-impacted neighborhoods throughout the city.

For more information on the Long Beach Public Works Department, visit the link here.

Asia Morris is a Long Beach native covering arts and culture for the Long Beach Post. You can reach her on Twitter and Instagram @theasiamorris and via email at [email protected]

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