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Last week, Wilmington City Council voted to add 132 on-street parking spots in the area, which will be regulated beginning June 1. As northern downtown, which is also home to the Wilmington Convention Center, Port City Marina and the new CFCC Humanities and Fine Arts Center, continues to develop, city staff suggested the additional parking regulations.

Lots of people do lots of complaining about parking Downtown.

New condos, apartments and restaurants are depleting parking spaces, they say. It’s too much of a hassle to drive Downtown anymore, they grumble. Even the occasional reference to Chicago-style congestion can be heard.

A new study suggests they should get over it.

You turn the wheel hesitantly and crane your neck to look for any available parking down the street. The person behind you honks irritably. Feeling pressured, you impulsively turn onto the side street. As you do, you glimpse a free space on the street you just left — and it’s taken by the time you circle around again.

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