Allentown Parking Authority

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Allentown Parking Authority
Agency overview
Headquarters 603 West Linden Street
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18101

The Allentown Parking Authority is responsible for both off and on-street parking within the City of Allentown, Pennsylvania.[1]

The Allentown Parking Authority owns and manages five parking garages in downtown/center city, Allentown and leases 29 surface lots plus one parking ramp which make up a total of over 4,020 parking spaces.

The Allentown Parking Authority is responsible for the enforcement of both City and State parking regulations, by way of parking tickets, towing, wheel booting and/or impounding vehicles.

The Allentown Parking Authority currently regulates 1,500+ parking meters.

2008 Allentown Parking Authority Statistics

In 2008 the Allentown Parking Authority ...

  • Issued 108,289 parking tickets
  • Immobilized 428 vehicles
  • Impounded 1,002 vehicles
  • Had a total operating cost of: $3,041,000.00[2]
  • Had a total income of: $5,682,000.00[2]


Residents have criticized the Allentown Parking Authority for targeting low-income families[3] living in "center city" Allentown by way of excessive fines[4][5] and unnecessary meter parking.[6]

The Allentown Parking Authority has also been criticized for disrupting commerce in Allentown’s Downtown "shopping district" by way of overzealous ticketing during standard business hours[7][8] and unnecessary meter parking.[6]

The Allentown Parking Authority has also been criticized for indirectly implementing a "Ticketing Quota"[3] by way of budgeting its operations via revenue generated by ticketing vehicles[9][10]

The Allentown Parking Authority has also been criticized for wasteful spending[11] and flaunting its high-priced "Parking Enforcement Technology"[12] while schools in the Allentown School District go under-funded[13]

In December 2009 the site called the Allentown Parking Authority a "Corrupt, Wasteful, Hypocritical, Nuisance" and launched a grassroots campaign to have the entity shut down.[14]

Governing Body

The Allentown Parking Authority is governed by a 5-person Board of Directors, appointed by the Mayor of Allentown.

The 2009 Board members appointed by Mayor Ed Pawlowski are:[15]

  • Linda Rosenfeld | Chair
  • Malcolm Gross[16] | Vice Chair
  • Candida Svirzovsky[17] | Secretary
  • Michael Donovan[18] | Treasurer
  • Lawrence Hilliard[19] | Assistant Secretary


  2. 2.0 2.1 Allentown Parking Authority 2008 Audit Report
  3. 3.0 3.1 Allentown Parking Authority on
  4. Tickets by Block
  5.,0,3475742.story+%22Allentown+parking+authority%22+%22Street+Cleaning%22&cd=24&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us Downtown Allentown is ground zero for parking ticket tussles
  6. 6.0 6.1 Parking Authority Preys on Poor
  7. Tickets by Time
  8. Tip For Snooks
  9. Time to re-evaluate Allentown parking
  11.,0,259740.story Allentown Parking Authority Buys $1,232.67 Light Bulb
  12. New Parking Technology Aids Officers in Allentown
  13. Resolution Urging the Pennsylvania General Assembly to Approve a 2009-10 State Budget that Maintains the Commonwealth's Commitment to Adequate and Equitable Basic Education Funding
  14. The Allentown Parking Authority is a Corrupt, Wasteful, Hypocritical, Nuisance

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