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Why are parking spaces reserved at Thalian Hall at all hours for city officials?

Jonas Bryson
StarNews

Q. Several parking spaces in the Thalian Hall parking lot are designated for city employees/officials. They do not allow parking there in the evenings. Why are these spaces blocked as “no parking” when no one is working, and there are no official meetings being held? Seems like they should allow patrons of Thalian to use the spots after 6 p.m., except on city meeting nights.

A. Thalian Hall is a connected to City Hall, so certain parking spots are set aside for members of the city council, deputy city managers, the city attorney and the city public communications officer.

Getting reserved parking spaces is a perk that comes with having an executive position in city politics.

As for parking spaces being taken up during the evening, New Hanover County Chief Communications Officer Ruth Smith said 83 spots in the lot are reserved for county use, but all but eight are open to the public after 4:30 p.m.

“The majority of spaces are available for public use,” said Smith. “The spots that are taken up by public officials are used for their convenience so that they can easily get to urgent meetings at anytime.”

There are many other parking solutions in the area. A Thalian official said 268 parking spots within one block of the theater are open to patrons.

There is also a driveway to drop off and pick up people in order to help alleviate congestion in the area and to get traffic moving.

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Bobbie Anderson

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