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Finally, L.A. Is Working On 'Simple And Obvious' Parking Signs

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For Angelenos, it seems like it's a daily activity to try to decipher enigmatic, totem pole-like parking signs throughout the city. But there's a glimmer of hope that we could one day get signs that don't require a decoder, as the city is now testing out new, simplified parking signs.During a committee meeting on Wednesday, City Council members asked the Department of Transportation to test out easier to understand signs designed by a local graphic artist, according to the L.A. Times. Instead of confusing, mile-high signs, transportation officials said they'll be trying out over the next month-and-a-half "simple and obvious as possible" ones. These signs would use grids that divide the times by day and hour, with green and red blocks of time that show drivers when they're allowed to park and not. (Maybe they'll look something like these signs that were created by a Brooklyn designer.)

However, changing up the signs for the city would take more than just creating a new design. The state office would need to approve the signage before L.A. could move forward.

During the meeting, city officials also requested a ban on apps like MonkeyParking that allow folks to auction off their parking spots to the highest bidder. San Francisco city officials booted the Rome-based app company from operating in their city, and then MonkeyParking made its way over to Santa Monica and Beverly Hills.

Santa Monica is also working on a ban of the app. In September, Santa Monica City Manager Rod Gould told the L.A. Register: "We view that as illegal and we will take whatever steps we can to prevent its use in Santa Monica...This application plays havoc with our parking strategy and is of no help."

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