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Increased Parking Meter Fees Empty City Parking Lot, Fill Side Streets
A reader writes in about their experience with the newly raised parking meter fees across the city. At a minimum across Los Angeles, meters are prorated at $1 per hour (that means, if you put a quarter in, you get 15 minutes). Here's the LAist tipster's experience with these:
I recalled an article of yours from last summer when I found last week that the meters in the parking lot I use for work in Highland Park had been raised. (Lot #635, Ave 56 near N. Figueroa.) Our meters here operated from the odd hours of 4AM-2PM at 25¢/hr, $1/10 hrs. Not a bad deal. They're now $1/hour, $4/10 hours with operating hours 8AM-9PM. This represents at least a 400% increase, but because of the increased hours it's even more. (Also pretty annoying when you leave the job after an 11 hour workday and get
greeted with a ticket.)
I can afford this but can my staff and staffs of neighborhood businesses? The lot has been nearly empty in the past week & a half while the residential side-streets a block away from N. Figueroa are now packed.
Any one else notice this happening around the city?