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If you're parking, be especially careful on these blocks

DC has created maps of where parkers get the most tickets downtown and citywide (but it's mostly downtown).

Map by DDOT.

The red lines show places with 4-5½ tickets per foot of curb space, followed by yellow (3-4), gray (2-3), blue (1-2) and green (0-1). Clearly, M Street between Connecticut Avenue and 20th Street is the hotspot—any idea why?

What else do you notice in this map?

David Alpert is the founder of Greater Greater Washington and its board president. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. 


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"Clearly, M Street between Connecticut Avenue and 20th Street is the hotspot—any idea why?"

Creeps idling outside of Camelot, I'd guess.

by Denny on Dec 23, 2013 11:34 am • linkreport

Huge concentration of bars (the local ANC calls it Club Central) at 18th/19th and M. Lots of suburbanites trying to park on evenings there.

by Mony on Dec 23, 2013 11:35 am • linkreport

Yeah I'm guessing all of the above plus hotels/lawyers/lobbyists etc. Plus I'm guessing the garages fill up by 10am or so. Oh and all the diplos that park illegally since they aren't worried about getting tickets anyway.

by BTA on Dec 23, 2013 11:39 am • linkreport

20th and M is where the TV networks' Washington studios are.

by Tom Coumaris on Dec 23, 2013 11:53 am • linkreport

It also appears that wherever there is entertainment and restaurants, tickets increase. People are not reading the signs properly in these areas or the Parkmobile Apps are running out sooner than the expected stay of the restaurant patrons. Areas around Chinatown and U Street appear to be hardest hit as destination street parking is limited.

by Ed Estes on Dec 23, 2013 12:15 pm • linkreport

I would attribute the tickets to the number of deliveries an area takes. Trucks tend to get several tickets at a time for blocking driveways, hydrants, no standing, unpaid meter, double parking, etc. Meanwhile a car might only get one for an expired meter.

Complete streets and TOD development needs to keep these big delivery trucks in mind.

by Patrick on Dec 23, 2013 12:16 pm • linkreport

There's always free parking on the southern side of I Street NW, between 3rd and 4th NW, and on 3rd, south to Mass Ave.(three blocks to the Metro). I've asked DDoT to put up signs or meters, but they don't/won't get it.

There's weekday free parking on the east-west streets of the Mall, too, if you toss a fake MPD baseball cap on the dashboard.

by Sydney on Dec 23, 2013 12:35 pm • linkreport

Except for a tiny block of I St NE, surprised nothing along the H St NE corridor is on the map.

by Froggie on Dec 23, 2013 1:23 pm • linkreport

Very nice for someone to put this together. I wonder if it has more to do with more confusing regulations, more turnover, or more people coming from out of town that results in higher rate of tickets.

Also, the graphics on the map could be clearer, showing a progression between less tickets (lighter color) and more tickets (darker color). Right now, red, green and blue all stand out a lot but with little distinction between them, and grey fades into the background even though it indicates more tickets than green. Good learning point for future map makers.

by Uptowner on Dec 23, 2013 1:45 pm • linkreport

I'd like to see map data of how many tickets are written in Wards 6, 7 and 8. Hardly any, I bet.

by Alf on Dec 23, 2013 1:52 pm • linkreport

Complete streets and TOD development needs to keep these big delivery trucks in mind.

Does it though? Should we really design for large trucks or should we expect delivery vehicles to conform to the areas they deliver to? I vote for the latter.

by thump on Dec 23, 2013 2:01 pm • linkreport

Another factor that I noticed in the high ticket areas compared to others is that the meter enforcers are walking patrols in those areas versus the mobile meter inspectors throughout the downtown area. Better opportunity to monitor a block or two while keeping track of meters timing out.

by Ed Estes on Dec 23, 2013 2:16 pm • linkreport

@Tom Coumaris

CBS is at 2020 M Street, ABC is on Desales Street, NBC is on Nebraska Avenue, CNN is at 820 First Street NE and Fox News is at 400 N Capitol St NW.

The FCC is across the street from CBS.

by Sand Box John on Dec 23, 2013 2:28 pm • linkreport


I live in Ward 7 in a RPP zoned area. Parking enforcement is consistent. The first pass is between 7:00 and 7:30am and they return every 2-2.5 hours like clockwork. On Saturdays they come through with the van and boot people.

by Veronica O. Davis (Ms V) on Dec 23, 2013 2:41 pm • linkreport

Sandbox John- Correction, I guess it's just CBS studios (but I think there are some foreign networks there too).

by Tom Coumaris on Dec 23, 2013 2:58 pm • linkreport

"Complete streets and TOD development needs to keep these big delivery trucks in mind."

I thought that what the bike lanes were for

by Will on Dec 23, 2013 3:28 pm • linkreport

There are Emergency No Parking signs up on the north side of that stretch of M Street today for (I think) cycletrack work. I walked the two blocks on my way to the Dupont Metro. I counted 14 vehicles illegally parked. 2 of them had tickets, the rest didn't.

I don't know psychologically what drives people to illegally park, but I have to hypothesize that they simply don't care (or that they believe they can get away with it).

by RP on Dec 23, 2013 4:27 pm • linkreport

I would love to see what times of day these happen. I think some of those area have some confusing parking signs with rush hour restrictions and other issues. As others mentioned deliveries or bars would show tickets at other times. Also many of the clubs do offer valet service to help drivers downtown.

by Abigail Zenner on Dec 23, 2013 5:16 pm • linkreport

"Complete streets and TOD development needs to keep these big delivery trucks in mind."

It is true that trucks should get smaller, but it is the actions that really need to be accounted for. Should be a combination of giving them legal space and enforcement that reduces their ability to just write it off as a cost of doing business.

by Patrick on Dec 23, 2013 7:33 pm • linkreport

@Tom Coumaris

The square footage used by the foreign TV and radio networks is puny compared compared to what ABC, CNN, CBS, FOX and NBC has. The ABC studio in the basement Desales Street bureau when it was built back in the 1970s was the size of a basket ball court with a 30' plus high ceiling.

by Sand Box John on Dec 23, 2013 11:55 pm • linkreport

@SandboxJOhn; the FCC hasn't been down there for a long long time. Yes, it used to be broadcast central -- NPR was there too --- but the FCC has long departed to the portals.

by charlie on Dec 24, 2013 8:25 am • linkreport

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