“many residents are frustrated by the lack of street parking available in their own neighborhoods”

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From ANC1B:

ANC 1B is surveying residents about the Enhanced Residential Parking Permit program. This program, if the ANC opts into it, will restrict parking on one side of each residential street to residents only during the hours of parking restrictions. Visitors will still be permitted to park on the other side of each residential street for up to two hours.

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  • I feel like people need to realize that there are some tradeoffs for living in the heart of the city. Parking is one of those tradeoffs…

    • People need to realize they can’t just drive into the city from the ‘burbs and find easy/free parking.

      Residents pay for parking permits – all those VA/MD tags on my street do not have parking permits. Why should they get to park for free? They should extend the time limits into the evening/weekends to keep spaces open for residents who have paid for those spots. Another idea I always had was that they should let residents with parking permits park for free at the meters.

  • Not a day goes by in this city where I do not regret not having a car.

    • Way too many negations in that post. Could you please let us know if you have a car or not and if you regret it or not.

      Car – y/n
      Regrets – y/n


      • Translation:
        Each day, I don’t regret my decision to not have a car in this city.

        was pretty straight forward to me.

  • We just need more aggressive enforcement of the current regulations. This change is not needed.

  • With all the development at 13th and 14th and U this is very much needed.

    • mittens has it right… you live in city limits… not everyone can expect to park their car outside of their house. it is what it is…

      • Obviously, no one is asking for parking “outside of their house”. At least within a few blocks would be nice, however.

        • no guarantee there either. no guarantees period unless you have your own space. and if you don’t, good luck to you.

  • I don’t know the boundaries of ANC 1B, but is the pressure on parking coming from non-residents, at times when restrictions would even be in effect? If so, then maybe this compromise makes sense. But in some neighborhoods this would do nothing, because the vast majority of cars parking there are residents anyway.

    • DC should ban – i.e., dump the current system and impose a fine for – overnight parking by out-of-state vehicles absent a visitor permit. But it should make visitor permits available online. This would clear up the clutter of the MD and VA cars on the streets without placing an undue burden on residents who have out of town guests.

      • Yeah, that would be great for local businesses. Ban customers who drive (so they can carry their purchases back home) so that Aunt Matilda can have Doris Day parking when she comes to visit from Ohio.

      • Not sure what the current rules are, but I believe there is something like that already in place, though I don’t think it’s very well enforced.

        My current roommate in Columbia Heights has VA plates on her car and used to park on our street in the 2-hour residential parking areas. After a few weeks, she recieved a notice on her car from the city saying that it had been spotted multile times on the same street overnight (in a 2 hour residential zone), and would be towed the next time it was spotted overnight unless she switched her plates to DC since she was obviously living there. She has since rented an off-street parking spot.

        • Out of curiosity, why did your roommate decide that continuing to break the clearly written law while paying far more for an off-street space was favorable to wasting a Saturday morning at the DMV to be done with it?

          Wasn’t there a buzz not long ago about people being arrested for doing this?

          • I drive a car with Maryland plates because I work in Maryland (although I am a DC homeowner). I have a ROSA which I update once a year, but that doesn’t prevent the dirty looks and often unwarranted random parking tickets for no reason that I have to contest. It’s not always just out of towners taking up space.

          • Forgot to specify that it is a company owned vehicle. Pretty crucial to my point.

  • It sounds like this would mainly be useful in neighborhoods where there are a lot of visitors parking during the daytime. Which neighborhoods are experiencing this?

  • There needs to be parking restrictions of this sort during the evening/overnight hours, not during the day. My street, which is near 14th/U is fine during the day — the problem is at night when people from MD and VA come to the city and take up a lot of spots. Restricting one side of the street to residents of that designated parking area at night would be amazing.

    • I totally agree with you about the evening/night restrictions. I’m in Petworth and have a church on my block, I moved in expecting Sundays to be filled up and have no problem with that. The problem is that by the time I get back from work at night they have the whole street parked full…every weekday evening! The plates are almost all MD, with a few from VA!!

    • I agree. Non-residents should be using meters and garages, for the most part, at all times of day. The 2-hr regulation should be a 24/7 rule, as a starter.

      The weird part about comparing DC to other cities, as the first poster did, is that DC is such a drive-able city. Residents often (not always) own cars, and many do not live in buildings that have underground garages.
      Street parking in lots of cities is used by mainly visitors, with residents parking off street, but that luxury just isn’t the norm here.

      • Agreed.

        I don’t think I’ve seen neighborhoods where it’s hard for residents to find parking during the day, but there are definitely neighborhoods where if you’re parking on the street and aren’t home by a certain time, you’ll be circling around the neighborhood trying to find a spot.

    • That’s all well and good as long as you give them somewhere to park. The problem is there is simply not enough parking, period, to accommodate the commercial traffic. The city needs the revenue from these folks, but it does a crap job of providing any additional parking when building out commercial attractions. DC USA and the Giant are good exceptions of where ample additional parking accompanied the build up. U St. is an example of where no poor parking expansion accompanied the build up. Adam’s Morgan is obviously a nightmare as well, ditto Cleveland Park, ditto everywhere else where organic growth has been accompanied with harsher parking restrictions but no additional parking. That said, I have parking in the rear of my house, so I don’t really give a poop.

  • I’m completely fine with these enhanced RPP restrictions as long as they are well publicized, especially on the actual streets where the restrictions go into effect. We got got a ticket on Kenyon near 14th when the Residents Only restrictions went into place on the north side. Fine, we were in violation at the time, but had NO idea that the change had been made. The normal green parking signs had not been completely replaced (old 2 hour messaging still in place), and the only notice of the new restriction was on two NEW signs placed on either end of the block, one of which was obscured by a panel van the day we parked there. Thinking the ticket was one of those “mistakes” that parking enforcement tends to make, I went up and down the block re-reading signs to see what we may have missed. It took us 3-4 minutes to actually see the ONE visible sign and figure it out. Appeal: DENIED.

    • Yeah, same thing happened to me right down the block from Meridian Pint a few months ago. Really annoying when these changes aren’t publicized or adequately marked. i can’t help but think this is at least semi-intentional.

  • Rather than this idea I think it would be best to have the 2hr limit go from 7am (or whatever it is now) till midnight, instead of being till 8:30 (which it currently is in the streets around my area (13th and U).

    The problem with having restrictions till 8:30 is that the restriction is really till 6:30, after which one can park the rest of the evening/night. If they made it till midnight it would effectively be till 10pm, giving residents enough time to come home after work.

    I do think we need to be sure we not over-restricting non-resident parking. These are the people that come and spend money and hang out in the city and help make the neighborhoods vibrant. No?

    • …which is one of the options on the survey

    • Yes! great point. if we want people spending money in DC, you can’t fence them out of parking here. if you extend the hours of 2 hour parking maximums until midnight, dc parking cops must work until midnight

  • How many millions would the city collect if it actually enforced car registration by drivers who live in the District, but keep their vehicles registered out-of-state?

    • Oh, they do enforce it. I spent a few hundred dollars on tickets when I was in a transitional phase (re: staying with my BF, at the end of his lease, with no bills in my name to prove residence and get properly registered).

      I don’t really think the system is broken. I live near U st and as long as I’m not parking at 8 pm on a Friday, I’m fine. It gets a little trickier during street sweeping months, especially with all of the road work/renovations in the area, but I’ve never parked more than 3 blocks away, and can usually get a spot right in front.

      That being said, I have no love for Parking Enforcement. T

  • Sort of agree with some previous posts. During the work week, the city should enforce the 2 hr limit up until midnight or 24hrs a day. In really bad spots they should make it an hour limit. The biggest problem with parking is evening/overnight on work days. Parking is almost impossible in my neighborhood, Lanier Heights, after about 6pm on work days. Parking also sucks on Saturday nights but I’m fine with no restrictions on those nights for people who want to go party in Adams Morgan. What places like U St and AdMo and Dupont need are more garages for visitors like in downtown. I take metro to work every day so I don’t really care that much but it would be nice to have the option to park on week nights without circling around for an hour or having to park outside your zone only to get up at 7AM to move the car. It’s one of the main reasons why I would be very reluctant to accept a job that required driving (traffic/gas being the obvious others).

  • No, its a terrible idea, because the specified hours are when most people are working (residents arent home). So these spots sit empty while there is no legally available parking. its a huge inconvenience. See capitol hill for an example. 10 parking spots open in a row because no one but residents can park there, but all the residents are at work.


    • We live on T between 13th and 14th (pretty much in the thick of things) and under the current permit system rarely have any trouble finding parking close enough to our front door during the day. Not only that, but further restricting parking during the day won’t solve the real problem, which is parking at night or on weekends. It will serve only to deter out of neighborhood visitors from coming to our ‘hood during the day, which conflicts with the stated goal of of our neighborhood IMBYs of wanting more daytime visitors and fewer weekend warriors. To me, then, this proposal makes very little sense.

  • ah

    Is it clear the problem is visitors or are there just too many (residents’) cars for too few spaces?

    How about raising the RPP price?

  • Arlington handles this perfectly. Residents of restricted parking zones (near metro, shops etc. ) get a booklet of hang-tags. When your babysitter, relative, plumber, piano tuner, dinner guest, drunk friend who can’t drive etc. needs to park, you pull one off, punch out the date and hang it on their car mirror.

    I live in an extremely restricted zone (near Target) and would gladly PAY for this sensible solution – let us BUY a book of hang-tags for $1-2.00 each. And yes, I have presented this to Jim Graham, begged and pleaded with Jim Graham – he doesn’t give a toss.

  • I truly hope they do not implement this.

  • This is the best plan I’ve heard in a while. Every other city I’ve ever lived in has this implemented. It’s so ridiculous that you can’t park on your own street because it’s filled with MD/VA cars. I would really like to know why people would be against this. The way the system is now is very annoying. If I have my cleaning ladies come they have 2 hours and that’s it to clean or they get a ticket. So annoying. Same with friends who visit during the day. Again, so annoying. The two hour parking on our street helps, but honestly not so much. People take the ticket and eventually get the boot then the car sits there for days. Why you wouldn’t want zoned parking is beyond me. You get a pass for your friends..what’s the problem?

    • I can see a big reason why dc generally doesnt mind. Many many dc residents are parents to people that either can not afford to live in dc or refuse to live in dc because of safety and schools. The parents certainly dontid their children and grandchildren coming to visit. Why would they choose to make it harder?

  • I filled out the survey and left the following comments

    “I am a resident at 16th and R ST’s.

    As development continues along 14th st It is becoming more and more difficult to park legally when retunring from work on a Friday evening as most spots are taken by out of town visitors.

    Along with the helpful proposals stated here I believe we also need to provide out of town visitors with parking lots as well as encourgaing metro to stay open later so that visitors have more options other than just using street parking and risking getting a ticket as they will continue to do even with Resident restricted parking.”

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