UT Reader Asks: Will New Parking Regulations Lead to More Problems?

  • January 2, 2013

by Shilpi Paul

UT Reader Asks: Will New Parking Regulations Lead to More Problems?: Figure 1
Early morning parking: A few spots available on R Street.

In this installment of UrbanTurf Reader Asks, a DC resident wonders if the more restrictive residential parking policies popping up around DC will lead to more problems than solutions.

What will be the result of the more restrictive parking policies implemented in some neighborhoods over the next year -- in particular, restricting parking to 'residents only' on one side of the street and/or the implementation of ANC-based rather than ward-based parking zones?

I worry that as long as one car is the width of a row house, there is no way these policies will work in the long run. As certain neighborhoods get wealthier row houses continue to be divided into multi-unit buildings, we can expect more than one car per household, so there will be more cars than space no matter how you divvy it up. Even if you devoted the whole street to resident only parking, space will eventually run out.

I worry that the policies will only embitter people, preventing them from finding better solutions. What do you think, and what might other solutions be?

Readers, what do you think? Post your thoughts in the comments section.

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