Coolidge Corner merchants say they were annoyed and embarrassed by the sudden loss of six parking spaces and a cab stand just north of Beacon Street on Harvard.
Town traffic engineers removed the parking late last month as part of an effort to untangle traffic at the busy intersection.
But according to Brookline Booksmith co-owner Dana Brigham , the removal came as a “shock” to nearby retailers. Elena Martins of Dependable Cleaners said her delivery drivers were now having difficulty finding parking near enough to walk multiple dry cleaning packages to their trucks.
Town Transportation Administrator Todd Kirrane said the action was just one of several made to alleviate traffic congestion. Other moves were changing the timing of lights on Beacon and at Babcock streets. So far, he said, the changes—and significant police enforcement—have successfully eased the daily box-blocking at Harvard and Beacon streets.
Kirrane said a public hearing on the matter will be held Oct. 22 before the Transportation Board