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by Prince Of Petworth January 17, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

Oof, painful/expensive lesson from Stevie:

“HEY THANKS NEIGHBOR FOR RIPPING DOWN MY SIGNS. Also glad that NOWHERE on said sign informed me that I had to call to have them verified. I just double checked my emails from my app process and SHOCKING it’s not in there. So for trying to be a good citizen I spent $60 and posted 72 hours in advance for NOTHING.

The 311 rep I spoke with acted like it was very common knowledge. She was very kind and felt badly for me but there was nothing she could do.”

In fairness, DDOT responded:

“Can you send me your tracking number, we’ll take a look at this for you. Generally, the verification instructions are on the second page printed out with the permit and listed on our website.”

Update from Stevie:

“Someone just reached out from the permit office– was super helpful and apologetic. Also, said a new and more clear permit process will be out shortly.

Ed. Note: Call 202-541-6083 Monday to Saturday to verify signs: Sign Verification Procedures (PDF).

by Prince Of Petworth December 18, 2017 at 12:45 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

I’m hoping we can get the word out about this vehicle that has been parked in the same exact spot on Newton St NW in Mt Pleasant since this summer. It’s parked on Newton St NW, between Brown and 17th St.

I finally called 311 personally about 2 weeks ago; it appears to be abandoned and should be towed away. It looks like nothing has been done, except it received a 2nd ticket for not being registered in DC. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth December 6, 2017 at 2:15 pm 0

The following was written by PoPville contributor David McAuley, founder of Short Articles about Long Meetings.

A proposal to make on-street parking more difficult for non-residents brought local businesspeople and residents out to the meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2E/Georgetown Monday night (December 4).

ANC2E Chair Joe Gibbons characterized “the meat” of the proposal: for every local block that is part of the District’s Residential Permit Parking (RPP) program, one side of the street will be reserved for local residents and guests. The other side will be “for anybody”. As it stands now, any Ward Two resident with a permit can drive to Georgetown and enjoy the benefits of on-street parking under the RPP program.

The proposal brought local businesspeople out to oppose the plan, which they claimed would drive away customers. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth December 5, 2017 at 2:15 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

I moved back in April and again this past weekend (far too many moves for any 1 person). Both times I reserved parking, paying the $55.00 at each location fee to do so. Inevitably, someone is parking in the spot during the assigned time, which prevented me from moving the U-Haul into the correct spot. As frustrating as this was, I became even more frustrated when both in April and again this weekend, DPW Parking Enforcement was both rude to me and did nothing. The staffers at Parking Enforcement first require you to call 72 hours before your move to have someone come out and confirm the signs have been put up. In April, I called and they never sent anyone out. So, when I called on the day of the move, they told me I hadn’t had the signs verified so they couldn’t tow the vehicle.

This time on move day, I called 5 times over the course of a 12 hour period (I had the signs for 24 hours, so I could get things packed up the night before). They kept telling me they were sending someone out to ticket and then I would need to call back to have them towed. No one came even to ticket. I also was told to email a picture of my signs, but got no response to that.

I didn’t want to get my neighbors towed, but I also didn’t want to block traffic with my U-Haul. $110 per move is also not cheap for a system that has failed me.

Not normally one to complain about city services, but this is driving me crazy.”

Ed. Note: Wait a minute

by Prince Of Petworth November 24, 2017 at 9:57 am 0


Photo by PoPville flickr user Mike Maguire

Thanks to Tanya for sending this PSA:

“Parking enforcement is in full effect on Friday, November 24th. It is not a Federal Holiday. Downtown may look like a desolate wasteland, but don’t let it fool you. Adhere to all parking signs. DC parking enforcement will be watching, and likely making their quota for the year on this easily perceived “Holiday”. She said she witnesses the ticket fest every year as they are open on Friday. Have a happy and ticket free Black Friday ya’ll. That’s what’s up.”

by Prince Of Petworth November 16, 2017 at 3:15 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

I have a Chevy Volt and use the charge point at 14 and U St, NW. When I just went there were two cars non charging that were using the spot. The one car had an occupant, and I asked her to move since it is an assigned spot. She was very rude and asked me what I was going to do about it (which was really not much), and then proceeded to tell me “f*ck off f*g”. Is there anything that could be done about these parking violations?”

by Prince Of Petworth November 15, 2017 at 1:15 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

This family, coming from British Columbia and visiting friends in Mount Pleasant, got a rather rude welcome from the DC Government: a parking ticket for $1000. They parked their tiny trailer on the street, and Parking Enforcement struck, charging them with parking a trailer on a residential street. Yes, the fine for that is a thousand dollars, though surely the District Council did not have in mind little trailers brought into the District by tourists when they prescribed that draconian fine.

This family has been all across the country with their trailer, and had no trouble with it anywhere, until arriving in our fine town. I’m afraid their visit here won’t be a fond memory.”

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