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Residents near Overton Square may pay to park in front of their homes

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Memphis City Council Chair Jim Strickland says Overton Square has succeeded so well that it's actually causing problems for people living nearby. Memphis City Council Chair Jim Strickland says Overton Square has succeeded so well that it's actually causing problems for people living nearby.
Council members have been hearing complaints from residents saying Overton Square visitors are parking in their driveways, yards, and alley ways instead of the parking garage there. Council members have been hearing complaints from residents saying Overton Square visitors are parking in their driveways, yards, and alley ways instead of the parking garage there.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - If all goes as planned, residents of Overton Square will soon have to pay to park.

Memphis City Council Chair Jim Strickland says Overton Square has succeeded so well that it's actually causing problems for people living nearby.

Council members have been hearing complaints from residents saying Overton Square visitors are parking in their driveways, yards, and alley ways instead of the parking garage.

Residents say that is causing traffic nightmares.

Councilman Strickland is proposing a one-year parking permit experiment where residents would pay $50 for that year to park around their homes.

House guests would also be able to park near homes by paying $50 as well.

Strickland hopes his proposed plan will force people to park in the under-utilized Overton Square parking garage.

"We want residents to be comfortable and have a successful home life, but we also want businesses to succeed and so I think in six months or a year from when the program starts, everyone will be happy," says council chair Strickland.

Strickland says Overton Square developers are also using other methods like improved lighting, signage, and crosswalks to help ease the traffic troubles in that area.

You can read the entire parking permit proposal by clicking here.

This issue has to pass the city council three times before final approval. The first vote on this issue will take place in two weeks.

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