Why can’t we park on Silver Street?

Published 12:05am Wednesday, September 26, 2012

After having visited Natchez many times since 1992 and having lived in Vidalia since 2008, I am perplexed about the need to disallow vehicle parking along Silver Street.

When cars are parked properly on the eastern (driver’s) side, there is more than ample room to accommodate emergency vehicles.

When we receive guests or visitors, we always encourage them to sample the best of Natchez, that being places like the Eola Hotel, Pearl Street Pasta, the Corner Bar, King’s Tavern (until it recently closed), Lil Dago’s, Fat Mama’s, Melancon’s Antique Emporium, Vintage Retreat and the many plantation homes and B&Bs, Magnolia Grill and one of my favorites and most historic stops, the Under-the-Hill Saloon near the foot of Silver Street.

But one of the problems for Silver Street visitors is the lack of available parking.

Many times I have had to go down the hill, then up the hill and make the return trip in hopes of finding a parking spot.

Extending the parking up the hill to the first curve would provide quite a few additional parking spaces for our visitors and other tourists.

Can it be there is something deeper than the excuse that there isn’t enough room for emergency vehicles when that is just not the case? If so, please fill me in and the rest of the newcomers to the Miss-Lou.


Kevin M. Friloux

Vidalia resident

  • Anonymous

    you should never have tried to short list great places to visit in Natchez!

  • Anonymous

    You are probably correct in that some vehicles could park safely along the east side of Silver Street. Problem is, there is a narrow section going around the corner near the Magnolia Grill and, of course, someone always wants to put “just one more car” into constricted space even when marked “no parking”. Since it is a one way street and no convenient turnaround area even for emergency vehicles which includes possible fire engines to respond to a fire situation at the Isle of Capri past the narrow spot mentioned herein, the city has elected to restrict parking with related enforcement. Welcome to our area, and thanks for marketing our great places to visit to your friends.

  • Anonymous

    This is a great question and should be asked of our new Mayor Brown and Chief of Police Mr. White since they were the ones to start this. It’d sure be great if the city would buy or rent Biglane’s parking lot which is just going to waste otherwise.

  • Anonymous

    If you really want to be inconvenienced, try being handicapped and finding a handicapped parking space at the Adams County Court House on the side where the handicapped ramp is located.