New Parking Zones for Shaw/Ledroit Park in anticipation of Howard Theatre Opening?

From the Ledroit Park Listserv:

“During last week’s LeDroit Park Civic Association meeting, a neighbor asked Damon Harvey of DDOT about parking plans to accommodate the soon-to-open Howard Theatre patrons. He stated that a plan was still being worked on.

This topic is on the ANC-2C meeting agenda for tonight, 6:30 pm at the Watha Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th Street NW.”

via Shaw-Howard Listserv:

Among the items on the agenda for Wednesday’s ANC meeting will the plan Gretchen Wharton and I developed after talking to Alex Padro (chair of our ANC) and Myla Moss (chair of the LeDroit Park ANC) about how to deal with parking congestion at present and the increased congestion that the Howard Theatre will cause.

I’ve drafted a proposal about that here including a map of the area where we propose to create “sub-zones.” In a nutshell, only those with a subzone sticker (residents and their guests) could park on one side of each block.

We’re not sure what DDOT might already have in mind, so it’s probably premature to get into the specifics of how this would be implemented (e.g., how they would distribute sub-zone stickers). But we’d welcome any comments or suggestions you might have on the basic idea, and we’ll report back once we hear from DDOT about their thinking. Obviously, with the Howard Theatre set to open April 12 and 54 shows planned between then and early September, the sooner we get this implemented, the better!

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  • It’s a city and the streets offer public parking. Maybe you should learn to live with those facts.

  • I live in Ledroit and was just thinking about this the other day. Good to know it’s being discussed

  • Is there anywhere in DC that has “subzones” for a business? I really do not like the idea of changin parking rules because a business wants you to. Find legal parking, take public transport, or don’t go.

    • I don’t think you are reading this correctly – in fact the intent is the opposite.

      • Yeah, I printed the link, but didn’t read it til now. My reaction went off the line: “about parking plans to accommodate the soon-to-open Howard Theatre patrons.”

        When in reality, this is about accomodating residents whose parking may be disrupted by the business. Read first, comment second. My bad.

        Wonder why this has never been implemented in Adams Morgan… oh yeah… Jim Graham. Never mind.

  • This is a tough one… With neighborhood growth comes parking woes. As a resident of that area, I have pushed for/supported growth, so how can I complain about potential parking issues? I don’t know that it’s worth the effort.

    • because that complaining can help lead to more and better transit options. it’s okay to desire and push for growth and parking. you may not get all you want, but you’ll get WAY less than you want if you don’t.

  • Maybe this would be similar to the restrictions set up around Nationals Stadium. You can park legally, but your time limit and restrictions dont really provide the convenience of watching a full show/concert.

  • The Shaw-Howard listserve had a quick recap of last night’s ANC meeting including: “Our proposal for the parking plan (with 24 hour enforcement) was approved and will be presented to DDOT by the ANC immediately with a request that (a) DDOT make these changes before the Howard opens April 12 on its own authority if it has the statutory authority to do so or, if DDOT thinks it doesn’t have the necessary authority, (b) the Council pass emergency legislation directing that this be done.”

    • This feels wrong. If residents want extended hours for the zone restriction, fine, a lot of neighborhoods do that. But parking on the street is owned by the city, not by people who have houses nearby. It’s a public good that’s allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis. People who live nearby don’t have a special right to parking on their street – all DC taxpayers pay for the spots. Residents need to realize that if they want nice (public) things in their neighborhood, they should have to share their public spaces with people who don’t live in the neighborhood. If you live nearby and always want to park in front of your house, you should have your own private spot on your own land. Geez, nearby U Street, which is a much more popular spot frequented by non-residents, doesn’t have 50% of its public spots restricted all of the time.

      These restrictive parking proposals really irk me. And for the record, I don’t even own a car. And I live in DC.

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