Helluva Parking Job Vol. 77


“I came across this little gem of a parking job on my way home from work yesterday. This is on S between 16th and 17th NW. The road is narrow as it is and cars usually have to slow significantly to pass each other.

On a normal week, at least one parked car along this section of road will lose its side mirror bc of how narrow the passage is.

This driver managed to take up 2 spots, park facing the wrong direction, and is at least 2.5-3 feet from the curb. No surprise- Maryland plates.

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  • I Dont Get It

    Drunk. Be glad he’s off the road.

  • Mug of Glop

    Hey hey, let’s not jump to conclusions before we shame anyone here. For all we know, there were Car2Gos on either end of that space and the road moved fifteen feet to the right between when they parked and when the photo was taken.

  • While I have had days that I wasn’t a close to the curb as I should have been and wasn’t parked all that straight and sheepishly had to get back in for a do over, I haven’t managed to park in the opposite direction.

    • Where I used to live in Maryland, parking in the wrong direction was basically a pastime. I’m quite certain that if you tapped on the door of a driver’s ed. school, the whole front of the building would tip over, because the whole thing is actually just a cardboard facade.

      • YES!!!!! I’ve been asking for years if Maryland drivers have to take drivers ed. They are the WORST and I used to live in Massachusetts.

  • DC City Council member in training?

  • It took me a few months to get used to always parking the “right” direction, after we moved here from Philly. (And really, what IS “the right direction”? Isn’t it the direction that you’re headed when you spot a space? It’s a totally reasonable interpretation.)

    • are you serious?

      • Serious about what? About opposite-direction parking being completely normal and accepted in certain parts of Philadelphia? Yes, as a heart attack.
        About thinking it’s reasonable? Ehn… to some extent. You mostly see it in Philly on quiet narrow residential streets, where you’re not going to encounter frequent opposite-direction traffic. But I don’t think DC/ MD drivers can handle that level of responsibility, so it’s probably better to have stricter rules here.

    • Yikes. Please do not move into my neighborhood. Thanks.

    • I’ve always thought that parking in the wrong direction just seems smart; so much easier than turning around, etc…

      • But…if you park on the wrong side of the street, you have to turn around anyway once you decide to leave that space.

        • Not if you keep driving the same direction and it’s a two-way street. You just cross the lane.

          • Also known as driving on the wrong side of the street.

          • Haha, I don’t know why I automatically assumed the driver would exit the parking spot in the same direction as when they were looking for the spot. Silly me. Regardless, there are many other reasons it isn’t advisable to park that way. Driving against the flow of traffic, even for a few seconds to exit a parking spot, isn’t a great idea.

          • But since it’s a two way street and is so narrow, there is no line to cross. I’m sure many cars will drive right down the middle if there’s no oncoming traffic anyway.

    • Yup, Pittsburgh is all about that too. As long as the car was in the spot and basically on the curb, everything was good. We even have streets where we’d park in the middle section or half on the sidewalk and half in the street (I think Philly has that too.)

      You can apparently get a ticket for parking the wrong way in DC.

      • I Dont Get It

        I was coming on here to say the same thing about Pittsburgh. It took me a long time to get used to that. I’ve aslo seen it small towns where parking isn’t an issue and they probably don’t have parking control officers.

  • DC1

    Probably rocking a low number plate…

  • I’m pretty sure it’s legal to park in the ‘wrong’ direction in Maryland.

  • Not one person cares how this car is parked.

    – DC Mayor

  • It’s a sign of progress when DC starts making fun of it’s suburban drivers! Bridge and tunnel!

  • ran into the house to use the bathroom. bet.

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