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No handicapped parking outside houses in La Crosse, an unwritten rule



They say no to everybody. 

That’s the answer a La Crosse woman got from City Hall when she asked to have a special handicapped parking space reserved outside her house, and was turned down. 

Eileen Kennedy tells the La Crosse board of public works this week that she would like a handicapped space designated outside her home because of mobility issues. 

Kennedy says she can’t put a carport next to her house, for different reasons, including the possibility of the house being declared a historic landmark.

She says City Hall turned her down for a special space, saying the explanation was that “if they gave me parking in front of my house, then they’d have to give parking to everyone in the city in front of their house.”   

No handicapped stalls are currently allowed on residential streets in La Crosse. 

Longtime city traffic engineer Matt Gallager says he’s had to be the “bad guy” for years, saying no to those special requests.  But there are reasons to say no.

Gallager says the “slippery slope” argument is one reason, “because you do have to very seriously consider winding up potentially with upwards of a thousand or more disabled spots on residential streets.”    

The city has not announced any plans to change the ban on residential handicapped parking.        


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Scott Ricker

    May 28, 2021 at 4:48 am

    is there any parking allowed on city streets in residential neighborhoods? If so, and denying a disabled resident to have an Accessible (HP) parking space is discrimination. If no residential parking is allowed anywhere in the city then denying a disabled (HP) parking space is warranted

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