There are some happy businesses in Westchester and it’s all because of the new parking meters that were recently installed by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT).
While many Angelenos love to hate parking meters, businesses of the Gateway to L.A. Business Improvement District realized the benefits to having meters in the area. LADOT installed the meters in an area roughly bounded by La Cienega and Sepulveda Blvd., Arbor Vitae, and Manchester Avenue.
Laurie Hughes, executive director of Gateway to L.A. Business Improvement District, said area businesses requested the City install the meters to better manage the street parking and allow short term parking options for customers of the surrounding business community, which includes office buildings and hotels.
Over the years, property owners closest to Los Angeles International Airport noticed that airport employees, limo drivers, and shuttle operators were using the parking spaces for all day parking or staging areas. The situation left few parking options for business customers.
The situation is much different now that crews finished the installation.
“The property owners are very happy,” said Hughes, who worked with the rest of the BID members and Councilmember Bill Rosendahl to get the meters installed. “We’re able to provide more parking options and more parking spaces for visitors who come here to do business.”
Hughes continued to say that she’s heard businesses comment that they have already noticed a difference in the parking situation. The area appears more orderly, inviting, and less congested.
And maybe —maybe— Westchester will one day see a smartphone app that helps locate available metered spaces.