Two weeks ago, Washington Post financial reporter Rudolph Pyatt Jr. reported that some downtown merchants had petitioned the city to institute angled parking to replace parallel curbside parking. It was part of their appeal that the city devise an updated parking plan to help revive its old commercial core.

Independent of that petition, the D.C. Transportation Department, taking note of "a serious shortage of parking in . . . commercial and governmental areas," has announced that it intends to begin angle parking sometime after Aug. 1 on all or part of five downtown blocks in the city's Northwest quadrant and one block in the Southwest Mall area.

"Conversion of the existing curbside metered areas to angle parking should help to relieve the parking shortage and improve citizen access to government offices," the official departmental announcement said. Fred Caponati, the city's parking administrator, said most angled spaces will be metered.

The blocks involved are: east side of Eighth Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue to E Street NW; west side of Sixth Street NW described as from "F Street to Eye Street" (could they mean from Eff Street to I Street?); north side of C Street NW for 486 feet westward from Third Street; south side of G Street NW from Fourth to Fifth Streets, and west side of Fourth Street SW for 300 feet south from Independence Avenue.

An aside: Eighth Street NW doesn't intersect with Pennsylvania Avenue (it intersects with a block-long street called Market Space), and there's no such thing as Eye Street, but let's not trouble the Transportation Department with facts.

Anybody wanting to comment, pro or con, may write the D.C. Transportation Department, Room 430, 65 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001 (Attention RJ-Docket No. 83-59-PE).