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Old 07-06-2011, 08:37 AM
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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Originally Posted by coolio69 View Post
Hate the sterotype of lazy fat americans, but that's what it is. People don't want to walk a few extra steps...

This problem is not due to your stereotype-for all you know, they are Hispanic older residents recovering from knee surgery and want to park as close as possible.
I am guessing you have never lived in one of the 10 largest cities in the US, nor have you lived in DC vying for a street space in Shaw/U Street for your SmartCar at 10pm on a Friday.

Your new parking situation is the result of the much ballyhooed higher density/urbanification of NoVa. Should you want the benefits of living close to wmata/whole foods/la fitness, you will have more and more situations like this.

You should push for the permit stickers so that your guests ( and the guests of your neighbors) don't park on the street and, if possible, have all guests park in the condo lot instead.
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:00 AM
Location: Richmond va
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I had some sympathy with you before you mentioned "fat lazy americans" that is just down right rude.
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:29 AM
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Originally Posted by Teebyrd86 View Post
Just a question.. Why does it matter if it is half renter/half owner occupied? They all pay to live there some kind of way.
There are quite a few people in NoVA (not saying the OP is like this) who feel "superior" because they OWN property and frown upon renters. Not all of us are dual-income households, are independently wealthy, or bought before the housing prices in places like Arlington County exploded. Most people who rent in Arlington are probably young, fresh to new careers, and do not have nearly enough resources to buy their own home. Where are they supposed to live if people who own don't want them renting in their neighborhood?

Originally Posted by Teebyrd86 View Post
I think street parking is first come first served.

Generally speaking that's the way on-street parking works. I live in a dense neighborhood in Pittsburgh. On nights when the bar up the hill is having a band perform, when the large church a few doors up from me is having a funeral or wedding, during special community events, etc. I sometimes have to park multiple blocks away. That's the price you pay for wanting to own a car when you live in a dense area. It's ridiculous when people think it's "rude" to park in front of someone else's home.

Originally Posted by Teebyrd86 View Post
Do you have any sort of driveways? If the only parking you have is on the street I can definatly understand your frustration due to the fact that they have a definate option other than street and you do not. Could you go in and speak to the condo hoa? Maybe they could post notices on the hallways or mail out mailers to their residents about the issue. I would venture to guess most of the residents in the condo building do not realize the issue it is causing you and your neighbors. Hopefully if they are aware of the issue you will see a change, at least a little.
To be fair to the OP the condo complex in question may have received Arlington County zoning approval during its inception contingent upon having enough on-site off-street parking to accommodate most (or all) of its projected residents for the very reason of not overwhelming on-street parking in the neighborhood. If this is the case then, yes, this condo complex NEEDS to somehow encourage its residents to use their assigned off-street parking.

Originally Posted by coolio69 View Post
I know that each condo is "deeded" 2 parking spots to the original owner of the condo (whether they give them to their rentors is up to them).
Well I think it's obvious that if someone owns a condo in the building and decides to rent it out to someone else that the owner of the condo would not be likely to have a need for 2 parking spaces at the building and probably WOULD give the parking permits to whomever would actually be living there.

Originally Posted by coolio69 View Post
It's very frustrating b/c on weekend nights I'll bike by their lot and half of it is empty. On our street nary a spot can be found.
Are you sure that all of the offenders are residents of the building and NOT people visiting friends at other nearby buildings, people patronizing nearby businesses, power-walkers trying to find free Metrorail parking, etc.?

Originally Posted by coolio69 View Post
Hate the sterotype of lazy fat americans, but that's what it is. People don't want to walk a few extra steps...
I can certainly empathize with you. It's amazing the number of people here I see in our shopping center who hop in their cars and drive from store to store instead of just parking their car in one spot and walking. Perhaps Tone509 gives people more of a benefit of the doubt than I do, but I highly doubt most of these people have physical impairments that prohibit them from walking relatively short distances.

Originally Posted by GCPA View Post
The residents proposed to council that they consider residential permit parking for the area, so that the overflow of people who live in the apartment complexes across from the residential area, including the Fields Apartments, will no longer be able to park.
So where, pray tell, are the people who live at the Fields Apartments who don't have a place to park their own vehicles supposed to park if the neighborhood residents also ban on-street parking for them?

Moderator cut: That point has nothing to do with the topic or City-Data. Please stay on topic.

Last edited by bmwguydc; 07-10-2011 at 12:00 AM.. Reason: Off-topic
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