A growing Nashville neighborhood is facing a big issue and a bigger fight over parking. Call it the price of progress.
Homeowners and business owners in the 12South area are working toward a compromise, but it might be easier said than done.
12South continues to grow with popular restaurants and businesses lining 12th Avenue South.
But when it comes to parking, people try side streets, which is causing problems for people who live there.
"12South is a vibrant, new community, I think," said Mike Dolan, chief manager of MafiaOza's. "The property values have gone up. A lot more people are looking to live in this area in an urban-like setting."
With the growth comes a problem.
Businesses along 12th Avenue South have customers parking along side streets, namely Caruthers, Gilmore and Montrose avenues.
Zoe Yarborough lives there and said it can be worse certain nights of the week.
"The houses that are closer to 12th for sure area seeing problems," said Yarborough. "I can definitely see that it's getting a lot more hectic."
As this neighborhood gets more popular, neighbors get more desperate. Some of them now use signs, others cones, all in a push to reserve a place to park.
"A lot more people have moved here," said Dolan. "It's become a destination for people wanting to live in this area. Now we've got more people that have more cars - more than one car - and that's creating this issue."
Neighbors recently submitted a petition to Metro's Traffic and Parking Commission. They want permit parking on Caruthers, Gilmore and Montrose from 10th Avenue to 12th Avenue.
The board, however, didn't make a decision, hoping business owners and homeowners might compromise.
Dolan hopes the same, for the sake of neighborhood unity.
"We want to have a chance to have an open dialogue, talk about what the options are, talk about what the existing conditions really are," said Dolan. "We've got some alleys and things that we'd like to look at how that plays into it and then come together and figure out a solution that helps everybody."
Some ideas could include rules like two-hour parking or limited permit parking.
The two groups will continue to meet and hope to have a compromise in place before the commission's next meeting on Dec. 10.
A Metro streetscape project eliminated some parking on 12th Avenue South several years ago in a push to beautify the area and promote more walking.
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