The classy, quaint Belmont Shore neighborhood in Long Beach has a bit of a parking problem. (Nothing like Whitley Heights's felony curb-painting—yet.) It's not entirely their fault: many of the houses were built in the 1920s, before it was commonplace for every household to have a car (which is why most don't have a garage that will fit a modern-day car), and the area itself was not planned with parking requirements in mind, says the LA Times. Exacerbating the problem are the successful local watering holes and eateries, which many residents see as the enemy in the parking battle. In an attempt to fix the issue, the city of Long Beach is in the process of buying a house in the neighborhood, tearing it down, and making a parking lot in the footprint.
As much as the neighbors hate hunting for spots, they like this proposed solution even less. "It destroys the whole ambience of the shore," one resident complained. What residents do want is permitted parking on their streets, but they've been told that the California Coastal Commission probably wouldn't approve that because of the effect such permits would have on beach access.
· Plan to knock down house for parking in Belmont Shore criticized [LAT]