Thursday, January 17, 2013
Block-by-block and east or west of Wisconsin Avenue, neighbors have different opinions about whether parking works and how to fix any problem there might be.
Depending on where you live Georgetown parking is either just fine the way it is, or it is the bane of your existence and a constant headache. It is this paradox that a working group and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is trying to sort out. At a public meeting Wednesday, Angelo Rao and Damon Harvey from DDOT along with several representative from the parking working group held break-out sessions to get to the bottom of parking concerns. The goal was to identify priorities and come up with proposed solutions. "We are trying to do the best for the community on very tough issues,” said Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner and parking working group member Ron Lewis. Interested in getting Georgetown Patch directly into your …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The District Department of Transportation will host a public meeting for community input on parking in Georgetown and Burleith at 6:30 p.m. at Hardy Middle School.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Georgetown and Burleith residents' input sought at public meeting Jan. 16.
The District Department of Transportation will host a public meeting for community input on parking in Georgetown and Burleith Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Hardy Middle School. DDOT has been holding parking "think tanks" in every ward in the District, to "discuss the various parking related programs and policies" currently in place. But the Georgetown Advisory Neighborhood Commission requested a meeting specifically for Georgetown and Burleith. "We think our issues are somewhat more intensive and a little different," Commissioner Ron Lewis said. According to a notice from the Citizens Association of Georgetown about the meeting: "DDOT will give an overview of parking issues in the city and identify various tools and techniques that have been …
Monday, September 17, 2012
DDOT is considering a new visitor parking program in Ward 2.
Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans wants public input on possible changes to the visitor parking program. In July, residents throughout the District received new visitor parking passes, which allow guests to park for more than the two hours normally allowed on Residential Permit Parking (RPP) blocks. Most of Ward 2 did not receive the passes in the mail, though they are able to obtain them by stopping by the local police district headquarters. The District Department of Transportation is considering how to implement a new visitor parking program in Ward 2. "I have sent a letter to each Ward 2 Advisory Neighborhood Commission asking that they hold a discussion on this matter at an upcoming meeting, vote on it, and let me know their thoughts by …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
A series of public meetings will be the foundation for an overhaul of the city's parking system.
Just as Georgetowners debate amongst themselves the merits of various parking schemes, the District Department of Transportation is organizing "Parking Think Tanks" throughout the District to get feedback from residents on how the agency should manage its parking resources. The growth in employees, residents and visitors of the District in recent years has increased the demand for curbspace and DDOT is hoping to "better balance the parking needs of everyone" through its parking management system, according to a press release. "Anyone who visits, lives or works in the District is invited to attend a Parking Think Tank and/or to share their input via an online survey. The input received will help shape future parking policies and programs to…
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Residents debate whether the system would be abused.
Parking is one topic that can turn generally reserved Georgetowners into public debating fiends. Our recent article, "No Visitor Parking Passes for Georgetown," inadvertently prompted a rather public debate about visitor parking passes on the Georgetown listserv. In July, residents throughout the District received new visitor parking passes in the mail, but not Georgetown. In fact, most of Ward 2 did not receive the passes which allow guests to park for more than the two hours normally allowed on Residential Permit Parking (RPP) blocks. Georgetown residents who want to accommodate guests can still obtain passes, but must do so in person at the Second District police station on Idaho Avenue. There seem to be two main groups of thought: …
Sunday, March 11, 2012
The parking lot for the boathouse has become a secret oasis for free (illegal) commuter parking.
Commuters are using the metered Thompson Boat Center parking lot, just off of Virginia Avenue, as their daily, free parking spot. Considering the cost of most paid lots nearby, the risk of a $25 ticket seems worth it. Thursday, an annoyed whistleblower wrote an email to DC Watch, complaining about the cars taking up space on National Park Service property all day, without paying the meters and without penalty. "On any given week day, most of these spaces are occupied from nine to five by office workers from nearby offices. No money is paid into the meters. All meters read as expired the entire day," this do-gooder complained to DCWatch's The Mail. WTOP looked into the situation and found this person's gripe was well-founded. "The dirty …