Comments at a D.C. Department of Transportation “parking summit” last night gave a glimpse into the diverse range of attitudes about parking in the District: Almost everyone wants more readily available, free parking for people like them.
Some who spoke were residents who wanted more available and free parking on their local streets. Some people with disabilities wanted to have more available spaces but not have to pay for parking at meters, as they don’t today. (Right around the same time, the D.C. Council narrowly defeated the new red top meter program, which means people with disabled placards will continue to park for free.)
A large fraction of the attendees worship at D.C. churches, and argued that especially because of their service to the community, they deserve more privileges to park for free on D.C. streets. Many represented churches in the Logan Circle area, which recently reserved one side of the street for residential permit holders seven days a week.
While demanding unlimited free parking isn’t really fair, the Logan Circle churches have some reasonable gripes. A few months ago, Council member Jack Evans suggested to the Logan Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission that they try this parking change; the ANC approved the plan and DDOT put it into place. The churches, evidently, weren’t part of that discussion.
[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]
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