Long Beach’s ‘gayborhood’ could see more than 100 new parking spaces

Alamitos Beach residents could see more than 100 new parking spots by early next year if the City Council approves a project to repaint spots on First and Second streets between Alamitos and Cherry avenues. Stalls along those streets are designed at 60-degree angles, but the city’s traffic engineers have determined that by repainting them at 90-degree angles, the reconfiguration would create the much needed extra spaces Photo: Q Voice News.

LONG BEACH — Alamitos Beach has a notorious reputation for being parking impacted, but residents could see more than 100 new parking spots by early next year if the City Council approves the project.

The new parking spaces would be created by repainting spots on First and Second streets between Alamitos and Cherry avenues.

Stalls along those streets are designed at 60-degree angles, but the city’s traffic engineers have determined that by repainting them at 90-degree angles, the reconfiguration would create the much needed extra spaces, according to a press release from Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce, whose 2nd District includes the Alamitos Beach neighborhood, aka the “gayborhood” for its large LGBTQ population and significant number of queer businesses along the Broadway Corridor.

The project will go to the council for approval sometime this month, and, if approved, would be completed by January. Christian Kropff, Pearce’s spokesperson, said an exact date has not yet been confirmed.

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