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Question about Residential Parking
  • sj000 February 22, 2013 - 5:05 pm #66509 Reply

    I live on a street that has zoned residential parking, so my roommates and I paid for the stickers/flex pass and thought that was that.  None of the houses have driveways so you just park wherever there is a space on the street.

    However, certain neighbors have written anonymous notes and approached my roommates about the fact that we should not be parking in front of their houses-  we should park in front of our own house (not possible- our house has the fire hydrant in front of it) or way down at the end of the block.

    Parking is first-come-first-serve right?  There are always plenty of spaces on the block, so everyone is still parking near their own homes…what does it matter if you are across the street from your house instead of directly in front of it?

    I’m I wrong here?  There are no rules about this on the parking sections of the Arlington county site, so I feel like these 2 neighbors just need to calm down.



    Swag February 23, 2013 - 6:07 am #66532 Reply

    Park wherever you want.

    (and keep a couple spare tires handy)

    1234 February 23, 2013 - 9:10 am #66533 Reply

    Tell them to complain to the county. You pay taxes (I assume), just like your neighbors do, so you have every right to park anywhere as long as you’re not parking illegally.

    1RLI February 25, 2013 - 10:38 am #66609 Reply

    Tell them you’ll promise not to park in front of their houses if they promise, in the event of a fire, not to use the water from the hydrant in front of your house!

    Bluemontsince1961 February 25, 2013 - 10:53 am #66612 Reply


    Bluemontsince1961 February 25, 2013 - 10:53 am #66613 Reply

    The reply was to both 350sbc and 1RLI!

    marlington February 25, 2013 - 11:33 am #66621 Reply

    Tell them you'll promise not to park in front of their houses if they promise, in the event of a fire, not to use the water from the hydrant in front of your house!

    Lol. Well, since you put it that way, hmmm….

    GreaterClarendon February 25, 2013 - 12:15 pm #66630 Reply

    You can’t blame someone for wanting to park in front of their own house.  But you also can’t  blame a neighbor for parking in front of your house if due to a fire hydrant, they are parking in front of theirs.  If you have multiple houses you could park in front of, just spread it around a bit.  We used to have a group house next to ours, and the renters would park in front of our house for weeks on end (close to a metro),which would force us to park across the busy street and shuffle 3 kids under 5 across the street every day during rush hour.  I understood their need to park there on occasions, but it was inconsiderate to do it for weeks and not let us have a chance to park there when there were lots of options generally open close by.   (In Before spoiled Arlington parents comments.)  If the homeowners are feeling entitled to that parking spot, tell them to piss off.  If you are abusing it by always parking in the prime location in front of their house, do you really blame them for complaining?

    novasteve February 25, 2013 - 12:52 pm #66632 Reply

    I hope you have a locking gas tank and kevlar tires.

    Quoth the Raven February 25, 2013 - 12:54 pm #66633 Reply

    Good comment by GreaterClarendon, and just a thought – have you spoken with these folks?  In other words, have they realized that the reason you park where you do is b/c of the hydrant?  Might seem obvious, but you never know. You said they’ve spoken to your roommates, but it seems you haven’t talked to them.  If your roommates explained the hydrant, and they said you had to park down at the end of the block, then they’re probably crazy.  But I would make the effort, at least.

    John Fontain February 25, 2013 - 1:10 pm #66634 Reply

    Parking is definitely first come, first serve.  That said, I agree with GreaterClarendon about spreading your cars around and being thoughtful about where you park.

    For example, say one neighbor (“A”) has two cars and usually parks one in the driveway and one on the street in front of their house and another neighbor (“B”) has one car they always park in the driveway.  It seems to me it would be best to park on the street in front of “B’s” house more of the time since they aren’t ever using the spot anyway.  Why piss off “A” when it is unncessary?

    There is a long stretch of residents on my street who don’t ever park on the street (i.e., the spots in front of their homes are wide open for the taking).  I have another neighbor from a group rental house who parks on the street and who could park on that long stretch and never block anyone else’s normal parking spots with their car.  It would mean, however, that they would have to walk about 20 extra feet to their house though.   So what do they do?  They never park there and instead take other neighbors’ normal spots on the street.  Now I think that is needlessly inconsiderate.

    R. Griffon February 26, 2013 - 12:50 pm #66758 Reply

    As long as you’re making SOME effort to “spread it around” as others have suggested, then I’d say your neighbors are just being jerks.

    My street only has parking on one side, so parking can be tight and people catch as catch can. So one day you might be right out front of your house, and the next you might be way down the block. Them’s just the breaks and nobody seems to really care or complain about it. It just comes with the territory.

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