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100 'Simple And Obvious' Parking Signs Are Finally Going Up In Los Angeles

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Finally! The 'simple and obvious' parking signs we've been hoping for are finally going up in Los Angeles.

On Friday, Angelenos will get a glimpse at the new parking signs when 100 of them go up in downtown Los Angeles. Instead of making drivers strain their eyes to decipher byzantine rules on signs as high as totem poles, the new signs will have color-coded grids that mark out when it is OK and not OK to park in green and red. Back in October the City Council asked the Department of Transportation to look into designing the signs, and on Wednesday the Council passed a motion that would launch the pilot program.

"I think we'll be the first city to actually adopt this," Councilman Paul Krekorian told NBC 4. "It's just a matter of simple fairness. If we expect people to comply with the law, we ought to make the law easily accessible for them."

Krekorian says he was inspired to push for the change after he found the blog of a woman who was designing her own 'guerilla' parking signs in New York, not unlike the man who simplified a Los Angeles freeway sign on his own.

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According to the motion (.pdf), the signs will go up on Main and Spring Streets between 2nd and 9th Streets. It goes on to state that the signs could expand into more areas of downtown, and even into Hollywood, West Los Angeles, and the Valley.

Even though parking tickets are thought of as a cash cow for cities (NBC 4 reports that Los Angeles made $165 million on them last year), Mayor Eric Garcetti says he hopes the signs means fewer tickets. "That is not what tickets are for. We should get people in and out of shops. We should allow people to find a good place to park," said Garcetti, who has gotten "pissed" about parking tickets before.