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RE: [MPD-5D] Parking issues in Eckington on 4/15

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  • Austin, Alexia (MPD)
    There are proper procedures to follow when parking is requested to be restricted for events on public space. Those flyers were NOT issued by MPD or DPW. Next
    Message 1 of 3 , Apr 15, 2013
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      There are proper procedures to follow when parking is requested to be restricted for events on public space.  Those flyers were NOT issued by MPD or DPW.  Next time this occurs, please call 9-11 for police assistance.

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      From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com [MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Elizabeth Lyttleton [eblyttleton@...]
      Sent: Monday, April 15, 2013 4:17 PM
      To: Eckington@yahoogroups.com; sylvia.pinkney@...; Clark, Timothy (Council); Williams, Marchim (EOM); Vaughn-Lee, Fayette (MPD); dcalhoun@...; Hernandez, Monica (DDOT); Beers, Nathaniel (DCPS); ATD DDOT; MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [MPD-5D] Parking issues in Eckington on 4/15


      Let me preface this by saying that I understand that street parking is a public resource, and that those of us who utilize street parking in our neighborhood are not in any way guaranteed to find parking on our own block, much less right in front of our own houses.

      That said, DC has a residential permit parking program for a reason - which is to at least to try to disallow folks from other parts of town or outside the District from descending on a neighborhood in the morning and taking up every single free parking space for the entire day.  

      I am happy that we have a temporary RPP to provide to visitors, and I am also happy to visit MPD5D headquarters when necessary to obtain a temporary permit.  It was my understanding that only DDOT or the MPD were permitted to provide such temporary permits.

      Today, though, was truly too much.

      A DCPS professional development event took place at the old Emery Education Campus site at First and R Sts NE today.  This afternoon I counted over 35 cars from various jurisdictions spread across the unit block of R St NE, the 100 block of R St NE, and the 1600-1700 blocks of First St NE (I didn't actually check Quincy Place NE) with the following sign in their front window:

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      It was near impossible to find a parking spot for blocks.

      Note that there is ABUNDANT DCPS-run parking at McKinley Tech, and there is also fairly abundant non-restricted parking on Second St NE alongside McKinley.  

      Could DCPS please confirm whether folks were advised to use McKinley or the non-restricted parking in the first instance, or were they just told to park as close to Emery and convenient to them as possible without regard for the neighbors?

      Could DDOT and MPD please inform us whether it is even legal for DCPS to issue these 'parking permits'?  I did not see any parking tickets issued, so it appeared that parking enforcement honored these 'permits'.

      Finally, could we please receive some assurances that DCPS will not take it upon themselves to issue dozens of 'parking permits' in for our residential neighborhood in the future, and instead encouraging teachers to utilize public transport, use available DCPS owned parking, and/or use non-restricted parking located just blocks away?

      Thank you,

      a mom who had planned to do the grocery shopping this afternoon

      Elizabeth Brooks Lyttleton
      202 344 5389

    • Allison Stewart
      DPW does parking enforcement M-F. DC Police are in charge of enforcing parking on the weekends. I have heard (via another listserv or blog, I don t recall)
      Message 2 of 3 , Apr 17, 2013
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        DPW does parking enforcement M-F. DC Police are in charge of enforcing
        parking on the weekends. I have heard (via another listserv or blog, I
        don't recall) that DC has made a choice not to enforce church-related
        parking issues on Sundays. I agree that it's a major safety issue and
        would like MPD to officially respond.

        This issue is also a huge concern at RIA NE between 4th and 9th, where
        there are always cars double parked on Sundays and (literally) hundreds of
        people illegally crossing the road where there are no crosswalks (though,
        there is an argument to be made that if everyone crosses there, there
        should be a crosswalk, but that's DDOT's domain.)


        On Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 12:43 PM, Cristina Calderon <
        cristina_calderon@...> wrote:

        > **
        > Speaking of parking. Can anyone provide some guidance on the seeming lack
        > of parking/ pedestrian enforcement on Sundays? Particularly, cars are
        > parked on bridges, in metro zones, in no standing areas, in front of fire
        > hydrants and often double parked in front and to the side of St. Martins
        > (also during events, not held on Sundays) and for several blocks in front
        > of Mt. Calvary. I am concerned because (1) the no parking zones are for
        > the safety of everyone, especially in front of fire hydrants, (2)
        > pedestrians walk in and out of traffic on Rhode Island, elderly and with
        > children, and (3) it seems like preferential treatment at the expense of
        > our community safety. Many of these illegal parkers do not have DC tags on
        > their cars.
        > For both of these situations, it seems like a question of parking
        > enforcement. If the parking enforcement would have recognized that DCPS
        > was not authorized to give these parking permits and also if DCPS would not
        > have presented street parking as an option (or at their own risk), it seems
        > like more people would have actually been encouraged to park at McKinley or
        > take Metro (which is 3 blocks from Emery).
        > Thoughts?
        > Cristina Calderon
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