|This is a view of the area, a picture taken during the MLK Street|
improvement ceremony. On normal days the spots where those cars
are parked are almost completely empty.
There is very little residential in the area. Most are businesses which have their own parking. The MLK parallel parking spots during the busiest part of the day are almost completely unused. Even if the area justifies on-street parking, which is doubtful, why not just put it on one side so you can have four traffic lanes, instead of two?
Found this Star article. Apparently this is a recent change. The repaved roads and curbs look nice, but cutting down the traffic lanes on a major thoroughfare into the city...not smart.