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“Today I noticed all the buildings on my street had this sign on the door.”

by Prince Of Petworth January 13, 2017 at 2:45 pm 13 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

You were typically able to park on my street in Columbia heights at night and on weekends without a parking permit. Today I noticed all the buildings on my street had this sign on the door. Have others noticed this? Is it for inauguration or are they changing parking regulations?”

Ed. Note: You can see all the road closures for inauguration here.

  • MHillPark

    That does not look like an official sign. I think as long as you obey the official parking signs posted on the street itself (including any special event/moving van notice signs), you should be fine.

    • Anonymous

      +1. No idea what that sign means or who made it but it isn’t official. As long as you are complying with posted parking signs and any other applicable DC regs I don’t know what the problem could be.

    • Anon

      looks like someone on the street is frustrated by a lack of parking in the evenings so is going the rogue route.

    • ah

      Actually, it looks like a reminder from the apartment building management for its residents.

  • cynical

    It might just be from someone who wants to make sure there are spaces for him and his friends.

  • JoDa

    The only thing I can think is that your block is changing from regular RPP (not required nights/weekends) to 24-hour RPP. BUT, I can’t find anything about upcoming changes in Columbia Heights, and my Google-Fu is pretty good (I also checked New Columbia Heights as a hyper-local source, nada). Also, where the 24-hour restrictions are in place, I thought it was only one side of the street.
    Could be a neighbor trying to scare people into parking elsewhere. If the street signs don’t change, then you’re fine. However, if you don’t have it yet, get the SeeClickFix app and monitor it to see if someone/a group is making a bunch of RPP or ROSA reports.

    • JoDa

      And, you know, if it’s not the church below just putting up poorly-worded signs (that is, it’s someone who wants to scare people without RPPs off from parking on the street nights and weekends), DC’s poorly worded zone signs help them in that cause. On Wednesday, I was out walking my dog around 7:30 PM when a guy parked, looked at the zone sign, seemed to look something up on his phone, looked at the sign again, and then approached me. “Excuse me miss, can I park here?” “Um, sure…you can only park for 2 hours until 8:30, but it’s almost that time, anyway.” “So…sorry if I’m being dense here…but what about after 8:30?” “Oh…yeah, you can park for as long as you want outside of those times. I mean, there are other rules if you do it every night, but for just one night you can stay for hours or until morning.” He was going to a business up the street and had clearly not dealt with DC parking rules before.
      The signs say when you can only park for 2 hours, but not what the rules are OUTSIDE of those hours. It never dawned on me that they were confusing in that regard, but his question made sense when he explained it. For someone unfamiliar with the basic zone rules, a sign like this might make them think they can’t park at all between 8:30 PM and 7 AM and on weekends.

  • Sarah

    I park in the church lot at 15th and Columbia for work, and these same signs are there (and this is the general style their notices are in). I think the church made them for the parking lot to discourage people from parking there at off hours, which has been a problem in the past–even if you pay for a permit, you can only park during daytime hours. It sounds like they just put them in the surrounding area, without actually referencing the church lot, which caused the confusion.

    • JoDa

      If that’s the case, they really should be more specific. It’s fine to post these notices on their own property/cars parked there, since it’s pretty clear what it applies to. But papering the block with them, with no address or other specifics? No one knows what that means… Even a hand-written “Regarding the parking lot for the church of whatever we believe at XYZ intersection” at the top would suffice.

  • An additional warning – if you haven’t received your 2017 visitor parking pass you need to call and make sure it is coming. Mine didn’t arrive, we used the old pass, and my visitors got 2 tickets because – well easy pickings. In the Unicorn World of course, ticket writers might look at the expired pass and think – oh maybe the city hasn’t been so good with sending out the new passes – since they have constantly failed at so many things – but no.

    • OldinAM

      You have to register a request for a visitor parking permit–the city does not send out passes automatically. You can submit your request online (I just did a few days ago).

      • Anon Spock

        They sent them out automatically in years past. I always requested one, but this is the first year I didn’t get 2 of them.

  • Anon

    Is this at 15th and Columbia? Those are the exact same signs that the parking lot there uses — the one that has the auto detail. Not sure why they would be put on your building, but they definitely are the same signs.


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