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'New' parking in Plaza Midwood causing confusion for drivers

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

 

There's something new along Commonwealth Avenue in Plaza Midwood. It's called reverse angle parking: instead of pulling in, you back in. 

Many like Matt Long, a regular in the neighborhood and says getting to his favorite restaurant will be a lot easier now.
 
"It is pretty cool," he said. "It's going to increase the availability of parking spaces." 

The city put up signs are everywhere and claim it's easy as 1-2-3. Some people got the concept right away but others, like Robert Phillips of Charlotte, had a little more trouble.

"Backing in at a backwards angle, I'm not quite sure what the point is," he said. 

The spaces are part of new streetscape project that comes with widened sidewalks, and more bike racks and lanes.

It's supposed to be more convenient.  Say you need to load something into your trunk well now you can do so without standing in the street. 

But Phillips isn't convinced and thinks it's more trouble than it's worth. 

"When you back in, you can hit the car next to you. You can hit the curb. I mean, I don't think it's a good idea," he said. 

Long admits it can be confusing but only in the beginning. 

"I think once people get used to it," he said. "Used to the fact that people are going to be slowing down so they can back in, it will be a good thing for this neighborhood." 

 

The city also put ads in local newspaper advertising the changes. The parking is the first of its kind in Charlotte. Reverse angle parking has been a success in other cities like Denver and Austin, TX.

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