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1. Smaller zones are hard because people live on both sides of the boundary streets. It's an issue with large zones that would be much worse with small zones. That has to be thought out first.

2. Guest parking coupons or online coupons are fine but remember that we encourage car sharing and rental as part of non-ownership. Don't make the cost or inconvenience of "guest" permits for renters a nightmare.

3. Performance parking in commercial zones with it's higher rates does indeed free up many more spaces and make it easier to drive into DC. But why encourage driving?

4. In the Old City the front yards are also owned by the city but used for free by the attached resident. Should we auction peoples' front yards off too?

5. Raising the fee to market is fine but remember that implies there will be a space available. When you pay market for your own spot it's yours exclusively. The value of a sticker in neighborhoods where there's rarely a spot empty is minimal.

6. Encouraging impervious parking pads in rear yards is environmentally destructive. They should be heavily discouraged with fees, taxes, zoning, etc. (stick) and their removal with such residents' cars given preference on street parking (carrot). Our surface water problems and heat island effect are no joke.

7. Turning parking lanes into bike and dedicated transit lanes is a huge benefit for the few spots lost. (Especially on the major commercial streets). Parking occupying so many potential transit lanes is a problem.

At any rate, DC needs to plan these changes out ahead of time with thought to obvious problems. DDOT too often drops the ball on this.

by Tom Coumaris on Dec 10, 2012 11:06 am • linkreport

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