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Bye bye, Yaletown parking

Yaletown parking spots are being removed to make way for better access for emergency responders.

Firefighters say they don't have enough space to properly respond to calls.

The move goes into effect next month, about half the spaces in a five-block area of a neighbourhood where it's already very challenging to find parking will vanish. That includes all of the diagonal parking spots on Hamilton and Mainland streets.

"We recognized that it would be unpopular and just needed time to figure out if something else would work," said Fire Capt. Jonathan Gormick. "This is a last resort, but it's a life safety issue."

The announcement comes just days after firefighters put out a blaze at a nearby chiropractor's clinic on Mainland near Nelson Street.

Mayor Gregor Robertson indicated this may not be the best way forward in the long term.

-with files from CTV



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