Monday, May 17, 2010

Ken Fiola - in his own words

With the new Downtown courthouse just about to open there is real concern about Downtown parking. While Ken Fiola from the FROED says we shouldn't panic about the parking situation, a friend of mine was quick to point out the contradiction of earlier statements from Fiola and John Almeida from the Redevelopment Authority. That friend was good enough to provide me with the video clips that make up this story, while the quotes are from the Herald News.

“Perception is becoming reality. People believe there is no parking. But you just have to take a look around. There is.”

“There is plenty of parking downtown,” said Kenneth Fiola, the city’s parking czar. “We have been keeping an eye on this for months now.

The city’s position, Fiola said, is that it is reasonable to expect people to walk a quarter mile, about two blocks, to get to court.

“I’ve been keeping an active eye on the on-street and active parking around the courthouse,” he said. “There is plenty of it.

“I know no one wants to hear this, but this will sort itself out. There is enough parking. This isn’t a severe problem.”


Anonymous said...

Did Fiola also contradict himself on the biopark vs casino debate??

Looks like his former colleage Nick Christ is throwing him under the bus at the RDA citizens input meeting.

Anonymous said...

Nick Christ. There's a guy that sounded like he was completely lost and I wanted to be on his side. Someone should've thrown him a life preserver, he was drowning up there.

Anonymous said...

You have to wonder what he was really trying to tell his former colleagues on the RDA and why?

Anonymous said...

It's amazing that Fiola can now contradict himself that parking is fine when he said that the downtown parking was at full capacity in 2008.

Fiola has no credibility.