SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah has a problem… only this problem is a good problem to have.
It's a parking problem.
The growth and popularity of Downtown Savannah, especially among tourists, is putting a squeeze on the available parking.
The City of Savannah has commissioned a study to look at solutions and the findings aren't popular among some downtown business owners and some locals. What the city would like to do is price the meters by zone, with the most popular parking areas costing as much as $2 an hour. The plan would also start charging for metered parking on the weekends from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Consider this: The proposed plan may better manage the current available parking, but this is only a start.
The real issue, and that's no matter how much you charge, there just isn't enough spaces.
If you displace the people, mostly tourists and downtown residents who are parking for free from Friday night on then they need somewhere to go… and if you solve that, then you've solved our parking problem.
[Consider This! is an expression of opinion of the Editorial Board of WTOC.]