Want a parking spot? Call this guy.

If you live in a townhouse, have a car, and don’t have as many parking spots as you’d like, you can get help from an unlikely source—Advisory Neighborhood Commission member Ron Lewis. If you e-mail him and suggest that parking spots with restricted parking have those restrictions lifted, he’ll do what he can as part of his “Parking Lot Treasure Hunt” initiative. With luck, the restrictions will be lifted and you will have opened up another spot in Georgetown.

Even if you can park in front of your townhouse, opening another spot on your street will make your life easier because other cars won’t take your space. With that in mind, you might as well suggest a bunch of spaces, especially considering that Lewis’s other campaign is extending the new party regulations off-campus. Isn’t this a more constructive use of his time?

-Will Sommer, blog editor. Flickr photo from leftymgp.

4 Comments on “Want a parking spot? Call this guy.

  1. No. More parking spots just encourages more drivers. If we would have more parking restrictions there would be less traffic because more people would choose not to drive to Georgetown (either they’d go somewhere else or they’d walk or take public transportation). It’s called induced demand.

    Most of the spots in the neighborhood should be converted to 24 hour Zone 2 only. I’m sure the hoards of Virginians will still find a way into Georgetown to push out our unique stores for more mall crap.

  2. On the topic of mall crap, something I’ve been meaning to mention: Apple store instead of Nathan’s? Lame. I’ve never been to Nathan’s, but I worry about how the new owners will treat those adorable Zendiks.

    I don’t think having the ANC open up a couple more parking spaces will ruin Georgetown or increase DC’s CO2 output much. That said, you bring up an interesting point–should we campaign for the reduction of parking spaces in a Leninist “things have to get worse before they get better” strategy until Georgetowners break and ask for a Metro? It’s worth considering.

  3. Apple is going into the French Connection space, not Nathan’s.

    It’s all about marginal changes. One spot won’t make that much of a difference in traffic, but it will also make an equally insignificant improvement to parking availability, and in the mean time it’s a move in the wrong direction.

    Georgetowners would hugely benefit from a Zone 2 only parking. It’s all the Virginians and Marylanders that would be hurt. So far from a Leninist point of view, this is about improving a situation for the residents at the cost of visitors.

    Besides, whether Georgetowners want a metro station or not (I’d guess they mostly do) is completely insignificant. The reason they aren’t even considering a Georgetown metro stop is because it would cost roughly a jillion dollars.

    I assume you’re implying that there wasn’t a metro station built originally because all those white georgetowners wanted to keep out the blacks. This is a misguided and completely false myth. Public opposition (which wasn’t really that strong) had nothing to do with there not being a metro stop in Georgetown. It was geological and economic, not political reasons that prevented it. This myth has been compeltely debunk. Check out this book. Search for Georgetown and then load page 155:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/080188246X/ref=sib_dp_pt/105-9628938-1630813#reader-link

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