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I've seen the new 'ERPP' system spread across the city, and it's a huge pain in the butt for anybody who needs to visit any neighborhoods that enact it. Like Herb said, the system makes doesn't accommodate visitors at all (not even for 2 hours), and doesn't acknowledge that there are any legitimate alternative uses for daytime street parking.

Basically, the system allows residents to monopolize parking on one side of their streets without any 2-hour grace period across a pretty wide time interval (I think 7AM-830PM Mon-Sat).

Like the RPP system, the rules for designating a block as ERPP also seems to favor blocks with lots of single-family homes, and doesn't seem to allow neighboring businesses or organizations to protest. The system allows parking policies to be determined solely by the property-owners who directly face those spots.

A very large portion of Columbia Heights recently converted to this new system, and it's pretty problematic, especially because the 'Residents Only' side of the street usually seems to be the one with considerably more parking on it. (A lot of Columbia Heights roads already have hourly lane restrictions or numerous curb cuts on one side).

Given the lackluster transit service for getting from my neighborhood to Columbia Heights (it's 4 miles away, and often literally faster to walk), I'll likely find myself visiting the area a whole lot less as a result.

by andrew on Dec 10, 2012 10:36 am • linkreport

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