English: A car with a parking ticket in Tel Aviv (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Have you ever spent a seeming eternity circling city blocks looking for parking and then, once you’ve finally found a free spot, been baffled by signage giving you conflicting information as to whether or not you can even park there? We’ve all been there, right? Well, thanks to the efforts of some City Council members, Los Angeles parking conditions could improve soon.
Yesterday, City Council members asked transportation officials to approve two programs that could ease Los Angeles parking conditions by providing drivers with less confusing signs and prohibiting the use of mobile apps to auction off metered parking spots for profit, reported the Los Angeles Times. A local graphic artist has created a grid-like format for the new signs that divides parking restrictions by day and hour and uses green and red time blocks to indicate when it’s permissible to park. The Department of Transportation will test the new design out over the next 45 days prior to issuing its approval. The Times did not indicate when a decision on the ban on selling public parking places would be made.
Are Los Angeles Parking Conditions the Worst?
While many studies have credited Los Angeles with having the worst traffic, we could not find any giving it the honor of worst parking as well. In fact, Los Angeles did not even rank among the ten worst cities in a recent survey by NerdWallet.com, a consumer finance and health advocacy website. After taking into consideration the actual cost of parking and the likelihood of car theft, the website composed the following list:
Worst Cities to Park
1. Chicago, IL 2. Oakland, CA 3. San Francisco, CA 4. New York, NY 5. Boston, MA 6. Honolulu, HI 7. Washington, DC 8. Seattle, WA 9. Philadelphia, PA 10. Sacramento, CA
After spending hours driving from one place to another, at least we’re not paying as much as motorists in other cities to park once we finally reach our destinations-and hopefully soon we’ll find a spot in less time too.
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