Jeff Smith 2 p.m., Dec. 18
Uptown Residents Want Uptown Partnership Gone For Good
The saga continues for residents of Uptown who want to see the end of Uptown Partnership, the nonprofit responsible for administering the community parking district in Hillcrest, Mission Hills, Five Points, and Banker's Hill. They say the parking agency's time has expired but the City refuses to remove the organization once and for all, despite hiring an outside consultant to come up with ways to change the parking district.
The consultant, Turpin McLaughlin, recommended keeping Uptown Partnership as a contractor. "There is not enough time to create a new, district-wide nonprofit, therefore the only existing agency that meets City requirements is Uptown Partnership," read the report.
The consultant recommended removing the name of the organization, revising its bylaws, and prohibiting past board members from sitting on the board.
For some, the changes are not substantial enough.
"The proposal to restructure the Uptown Parking District, as proposed [by the consultant], is unacceptable," writes Uptown Planning Group chair, Leo Wilson, in an email.
"What it amounts to is restoring the previously existing organization."
Instead Wilson is asking the City to allow the communities of Bankers Hill, Park West, and Five Points to manage their own parking issues.
I contacted the City with questions regarding the status of Uptown Partnership and whether communities would be allowed to form their own parking district boards. I am waiting for their response.