Do you live within walking distance of Swedish Cherry Hill Hospital (formerly, and properly known as Providence)?
Are you having problems with hospital employees taking up all of your on-street parking during the day?
If you answered yes to either of these questions, you may suffer from HIPWO, or Hospital Induced Parking Woes.
The good news is that there is something that can help ease your recurring pain. Squire Park resident Sunny Knott is organizing a group of neighbors to expand the residential parking zone that surrounds the hospital. Here’s how it works:
- You get a petition from Sunny and work to get at least 60% of the people on both sides of your block to agree to expanding the residential parking zone to cover your street.
- The city will put up new signs, limiting non-residents to no more than 2 hours of on-street parking on your block
- You will get a residential parking sticker for each of your vehicles, plus one guest sticker for your old “visiting” college buddy that’s been camped out on your couch
- Swedish will pick up the full cost of your permits (normally around $20 per year), so it’s totally free to you
Evidently the problem has gotten worse as of late because Swedish jacked up the fees for employees to park in their garage. That means that the invisible hand of the market is pushing the staff out into the neighborhood where they consume our cherished parking spots.
So if you’re interested and want to join in, leave a comment below and I’ll hook you up with Sunny, who can get you all the details.