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I actually authored the similar post on this issue on this forum last week. I am in the same situation as you in in the Columbia Heights/Petworth area. The best answer I’ve found after speaking to many people and several government agencies is to file a petition to get your block zoned for parking and, in the meantime, park your car in an unzoned parking block.
The petitions asks for signatures from a “majority” of people that live on your block, which has proven difficult for me to achieve thus far. Also, I have no idea how long the process will take once I submit my petition or if the petition will result in getting my block successfully zoned.
Some concerns about leaving your car in an unzoned block are the following: 1) they’ve proven hard to find in my case. 2) many people in the same situation as us will also be parking in the unzoned spots so they are oftentimes at capacity 3) I have heard that there are more cases of break-ins in unzoned blocks due to the fact that people know that these cars are oftentimes not moved/not monitored for days on end (I haven’t come across actual data to support this, however)
Needless to say, this is a headache and seems unfair since we are tax-paying residents. On the other hand, I guess it was our responsibility to confirm our block’s RPP status before moving into our apartments. I have found that I now barely use my car for fear of moving it from the unzoned block and returning to find no parking…
If you would like me to email you an updated petition that a representative from the DC DDOT sent me, leave me your email address and I’d be happy to forward it.