It’s a situation that many Angelenos have faced: You’re trying to park. It’s your own residential street. Home turf. But there are too many cars, so you end up half-blocking your own driveway. Then you get a ticket.
Does Los Angeles have a parking problem or does it have a car problem?
It seems to me that “too many cars” would imply that we have a car problem. Neighborhoods with limited parking availability should charge a premium price to park. Cities like Alhambra already require residents to have a permit for overnight parking. This ensures that street parking is reserved for residents.
City of Alhambra Example:
TEMPORARY OVERNIGHT PARKING PERMITS – Permits for temporary parking can be purchased ONLINE OR in the lobby of the Police Department through a 24-hour per day self-service machine. The cost per night for a temporary overnight parking permit is $3.
ANNUAL OVERNIGHT PARKING PERMITS – The Finance Department issues Annual Overnight Parking Permits for $60 per year. Each permit issued is per one vehicle and registered owner of said vehicle. Permits may be purchased at City Hall in the Finance Department during normal business hours (Mon.-Thurs., 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.)
According to the Times, Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl is planning to bring a motion before the Transportation Committee meeting to investigate the viability of allowing residents to park in front of their own driveways. I feel that this is a quick fix solution to the greater overarching issue that there are too many cars in LA. Rather than accommodating more cars, L.A. should start charging for the right to park on its streets. After all, just because its “your residential neighborhood” doesn’t mean you own the street.
San Franciscans know very well the value of a parking spot. Spots outside the house are prized possessions, but when taken by a neighbor, San Franciscans go a block or two over to find another place to park. I suggest Angelenos do the same.
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