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'It's not the end of the world. It's a public street'

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Area residents react to Blue's new parking-and-transportation plan:

  • Henri and Rosamond DeSmet, of Avila Avenue, don't mind requiring a parking pass for visitors some nights.

"We would work it so we wouldn't have a gathering on game night," Rosamond said. "That's known well in advance."

The DeSmets are more concerned about possible traffic congestion. "It's going to be hell on Earth," Rosamond noted.

She added: "But when Paul McCartney comes, we can walk down and listen to that. And we don't need to pay $100, either."

  • Stan Alamadas, a resident of Avila Avenue, has two minds about the parking issue.

"It's a wonderful time for people to come out and have a good time. Let them park. This is Winnipeg. This is part of what it means to bring business this way. As long as they don't create a mess when they leave, fine. Go for it."

  • Beth Clark, of Kilkenny Drive, would actually prefer Bombers fans be allowed to park on her street rather than require a parking pass.

"I suspect people in St. James and Polo Park put up with that (Bombers fans) for years. We aren't so precious. It's not the end of the world. It's a public street.

"And they (the city) are going to have to keep the roads up, they're going to have to put in sidewalks. There will be more restaurants and services.

  • Bob McCorrister, who lives at the corner of Radcliffe Road and Kilkenny Drive, said area parking is already "bizarre" in terms of restrictions on where and how long university students can park.

Asked if he minded the invasion of fans, McCorrister shrugged: "No, it's not that often. It's just parking for nine days (regular season)."

McCorrister said it would be a "bigger hassle" to worry about having parking passes for visitors himself.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 1, 2013 B1

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