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Have handicapped parking spaces been removed downtown?

Julian March

Q. Why has the handicapped parking spaces on Market Street near Riverwalk been replaced with government parking only? Several other handicapped spaces have also been replaced with taxi-only parking. Why would the city of Wilmington remove handicapped parking spaces?

A. We posed the question to Betty Gurganus, the parking manager for the city of Wilmington.

Gurganus said there were no designated handicapped parking spaces on that section of Front Street or on Market Street by the Riverwalk. Improved signs were installed at the foot of Market Street to alert drivers of the parking restrictions around the federal courthouse, she said.

On Front Street, markings were repainted to delineate parking restrictions after midnight, when some spaces become taxi stands.

“The parking restrictions have been in place for several years,” she said.


Are parking tickets forgiven if you have a current handicapped sticker or plate?

Is there a law that requires handicapped access and notification of availability?

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5 Responses to “ Have handicapped parking spaces been removed downtown?”

  1. On October 9, 2013 at 3:13 pm M. Mark Lukenjohn wrote:

    This question wrongfully assumes there used to be handi-capped parking in those places. Why answer that question? If I asked why they removed the rainbow colored unicorn from the middle of the river in front of the Battle Ship, would you try to answer that too? lol. Seems like someone just has an axe to grind…

  2. On October 9, 2013 at 4:52 pm Si Cantwell wrote:

    We didn’t know until we looked into it that there hadn’t been handicapped spaces there. I’m pretty sure there are no unicorns in the Cape Fear, although it might be good for tourism if there were.
    In journalism, we learn that a lot of good questions are posed by people with an ax to grind.

  3. On October 12, 2013 at 8:08 pm M. S. Kye wrote:

    Anyone who actually NEEDS a handicapped spot quickly becomes aware of where those spaces are located. Since those spots are not provided downtown, those shoppers, including me, go elsewhere.

    As one who requires one of those spots due to physical impairment, I also am aware of who is taking up those spaces. Most of the time, it will be people who are simply lazy and using the tag of someone else who isn’t even in the vehicle. You think people don’t notice you? We do – and the expression on your face says that you know you’re wrong and you’re embarrassed. Well you should be. You should be very thankful that you have the ability to walk.

  4. On October 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm Red wrote:

    Yes, some folks use another’s handicap tag out of laziness or wanting to get by without paying for parking. But there are those of us whose disability is not visually obvious. I don’t wear a medical device, yet, but walking can be agony. The fewer steps I can take to my destination, the better. If you were to stop me and ask what my disability is, I will tell you that once you become my doctor you will know.

    I would gladly give up the tag if I could magically do away with the reason for it.

  5. On October 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm Roger Brown wrote:

    There used to be handicap parking along Front Street between Market Street and Red Cross Street with about four spaces on each side of the street in every block during the 1990’s.

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