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@andrew: 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). . . . I'll likely find myself visiting the area a whole lot less as a result.

First, I'm in favor of significantly upping RPP parking fees - a dollar a day, $365 a year, especially in high-density areas, seems appropriate.

That said, comments like this always crack me up. There's a 1000-car parking garage right smack dab in the center of Columbia Heights that charges significantly less than DC's current market street parking rates. It is never - ever - full, or anywhere close to full. Most often, it's open 19 hours a day; Sundays, it's "limited" to 16 open hours. There is absolutely no problem finding parking in Columbia Heights if you'd like to patronize the businesses there. The only "problem" anyone has with the ERPP system is if he or she doesn't want to pay for parking at all - even at below market rates. That's a pretty thin justification for so much handwringing.

by dcd on Dec 10, 2012 12:03 pm • linkreport

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