Changes to how much parking a business provides for their customers is up for discussion at the next city council meeting. The retail shops on McPherson is just one of the areas councilman Roque Vela Jr. Says needs to be looked at.
"The bar area off McPherson has been an issue. Cars pile up in the neighborhood and it becomes a real problem.
According to Vela, all the businesses in the shopping center meet the minimum parking requirements enforced by the city but because of growth and the amount of people that come to this shopping center; these requirements need to be raised for future businesses.
"All the businesses their now are grand fathered in there’s nothing we can do about it, but Laredo’s a growing community. This gives us an opportunity to get ahead of the businesses popping up."
A problem that many in this neighborhood share is the amount of trash they find in front of their houses. In front of this shopping center is where some people throw their trash, while others on the other hand will throw it in peoples yards.
For one neighbor, who wanted to stay anonymous, a solution to the parking situation couldn't come fast enough.
"The problem is that on Thurs. Fri, and Sat we see a lot of empty bottles, needles and ladies underwear in the street. It's bad I moved from the south Laredo, because it's quieter and better living, but now it's ghetto.”