Memphis Councilman Wants More Reserved Parking Spots

Memphis Councilman Wants More Reserved Parking Spots

There are more than 45,000 parking spots in downtown Memphis, but recently Memphis City Council member Joe Brown couldn't find a spot, which apparently got him thinking.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - There are more than 45,000 parking spots in downtown Memphis, but recently Memphis City Council member Joe Brown couldn't find a spot, which apparently got him thinking.

"In other cities they do have parking for elected officials, you can't take care of business," said Brown during Tuesday evening's city council meeting.

Brown's frustration appears to have been sparked by the search for a parking spot before a meeting at the Memphis Chamber of Commerce.

"I drove for hours, for at least 35 minutes, trying to find a parking space," Brown said.

As fellow council members started to laugh, Brown got serious.

"This is not, this is not comical," Brown said, as he started pounding his desk. "If we can provide parking spaces for others, we should be able to have parking spaces as elected officials, it is not right."

Outside the Chamber's offices on Front Street, Brown's parking plight wasn't met with compassion.

"We all should have reserved parking because we work just like they work," said Derrick Smith, who works in a Lenny's Deli below the chamber. He estimated he earns about $8.50/hour and pays $5 a day to park.

"I hate paying for parking and it really bothers me," he said.

The council faces several pressing issues in the weeks ahead, including a budget battle with the Memphis Police union.

That didn't deter Brown, who says he'll push for a resolution granting council members more parking spots.

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