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     The City of Joplin is changing gears for downtown parking...and putting the plan on hold for now.
These temporary dashes up and down Main Street are about to become more permanent.
Taylor Cunningham, City of Joplin: "We're re striping Main Street, it'll stay four lanes ."
Back in October, the city was looking at "reverse angle parking" for downtown, which would have reduced Main Street to two lanes and added bike lanes as well.
Taylor Cunningham with the city says feedback has pointed them a different direction for the time being.
However, some businesses, like Hackett Hot Wings, were looking forward to the parking changes.
Floyd Hackett, Jr., Hackett Hot Wings: "We can fit over 300 people in this restaurant at at time, I know we wouldn't mind extra parking, and I know other people wouldn't mind extra parking either, and I know the other people, the other businesses around here wouldn't mind it either."
The feedback Cunningham has received suggests people would be more interested in seeing the parking plan implemented along the one-way streets - like Joplin Ave - in addition to bike lanes there.
Cunningham: "A couple of the councilman brought it up, some of the cyclists at our meetings brought it up, saying you know, the one way streets could be good potential candidates, but, there's also low traffic on Virginia, there are a lot of streets in town that there's potential for."
Parklets were also proposed, and those would allow businesses to have temporary areas of outdoor seating on Main Street.
Hackett says he likes the idea, but he has his priorities.
Hackett: "It looks nice or whatever to have the stuff out front, but, people want to, they want to be able to park and to get somewhere, and that's what it really comes down to."
     Cunningham tells us it will be several months before they're ready to present new parking plans for the city.

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