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by Prince Of Petworth May 16, 2018 at 2:15 pm 0


Photo by PoPville flickr user Jim Havard

“Dear PoPville,

I would like to get some clarification on a DC parking violation a friend of mine received. The violation was for obstructing the sidewalk. He parked his car in my driveway and the rear end of the car stuck out into the sidewalk. My house runs from street to street so the driveway and the sidewalk is in my back yard.

Does anyone know how far into a sidewalk a car may go? (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth May 1, 2018 at 12:55 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

I found the attached note on a car2go I picked up this morning in front of a row home at 2nd Street NE and Uhland Terrace NE in Eckington. I checked the area, and there aren’t any no parking, restricted parking, or handicap parking signs. Apparently this is just how Trump administration staffers are now using their Official Government Intimidation Stationery. I was very tempted to write at the bottom “This isn’t how public sidewalks and streets work – get out of our city if you want a private driveway” and tack it to their tree.”

by Prince Of Petworth April 24, 2018 at 1:15 pm 0


12th and H Street, NE

A reader reports:

“These spots are still going unused and have been for years. That DDOT has not taken any action has closed off two parking spots to neighbors who cannot park there because the disabled residents have since moved.

This is my original message from 10 January: “I am contacting you about three reserved disability parking spots in the front of 808-818 12th St NE. A number of these houses have sold in the past year, and the handicapped residents who occupied them have moved, yet the reserved parking remains unused by the neighborhood because the signs are still up. I am requesting a review of these three reserved spots (which take up this half of the block) to determine which are still in use by residents.”

by Prince Of Petworth April 23, 2018 at 2:30 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

I recently noticed new signs up on the north side of the 1400 block of Morse St. NE that say “Resident Parking Only – 6PM to 3AM – Resident or Visitor Permit Required” threatening a tow and $250 fine.

What gives? I’ve previously lived in Adams Morgan, Mt. Pleasant, U Street, and Petworth, and only saw zone permit parking only or 2 hour limit enforced 24/7. Is this a new kind of restriction, and if so, why those hours?”

by Prince Of Petworth April 13, 2018 at 1:30 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

This happened on April 2 and I am just getting around to filling out the contesting forms online. I was parked on Johnson Ave around 9:30AM and received a street cleaning violation ticket. There was NO sign posted. [It looks like maybe the sign they used is from the complete other end of the block, but still. It’s not visible at all from where I parked.] VS. the photo of the sign that they included in my ticket (you can look on the TicPix service) is clearly from a different location and does not include my car in it. The photos they took that included my car had the (empty) sign post cropped out.”

by Prince Of Petworth February 20, 2018 at 2:15 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

I was rather surprised by my experience today going to the fish market and parking. Colonial Parking’s sign (attached) shows the first hour costing $2 instead of $10 with fish market validation. I stayed for just over an hour and a half and was charged the full price of two hours ($17) with no discount for validation. For a visit less than two hours, one would naturally assume that $8 would be taken off the overall price based on the pricing structure. (more…)

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).

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