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Downtown Buffalo parking petition draws thousands of signatures

Posted at 10:06 PM, Dec 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-27 22:06:42-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Thousands of people have added their names to a change.org petition over Buffalo's new parking legislation.

The petition, titled Parking Rate Protest, focuses attention on the impact the new parking legislation will have on people who work in downtown Buffalo.

"This not only forces everyone parking in the city to pay astronomical rates simply to be at work, but it is also a huge matter of public safety and discourages economic growth of the businesses downtown," the petition says.

On Wednesday, Buffalo Common Council voted to extend paid parking hours and double parking rate from $1 to $2, while also adding hundreds of previously unavailable parking spots.

Common Council members argue the move is to "increase turnover." Common Council President Darius Pridgen says they will review the new parking laws in spring 2019.

As of 10 p.m. Thursday evening, more than 5,000 people had signed the change.org petition.