[Les Grossman], the owner of Les' Lunch at 607 Ridge Ave., is one of dozens of businesses in the 1st and 6th wards that are complaining over the Allentown Parking Authority's expansion into their neighborhood.
The presence of the authority has been a special headache to Larry Mikitz, who operates L&M Auto Body at 1945 S. 2nd St. In addition to writing tickets for traffic violations, enforcement officers also cite cars without inspection stickers, which is a violation of city ordinances.
"It was the constant disregard of the law," said [Ernest Kaiser], leader of the 6th Ward group. "Double parking, expired inspection or emission stickers, this is a violation of the law. The law does not allow the business person to use the public thoroughfare as a private parking lot."