Photo by Matt Hurst.
Tomorrow night at 6:30 pm at Hardy School, DDOT will be hosting a forum on parking issues for the Georgetown community. GM knows that sounds incredibly dry and boring, but this will actually be interesting! The thing is, the city is taking dramatic steps to address how it manages on street parking throughout DC. And the likely changes it will recommend for Georgetown will be based on the concept of performance parking.
Performance parking is a topic GM has discussed several times before. The basic idea is this: on blocks where there is more demand than supply, the city will add meters and charge high enough rates to discourage enough people from parking on that street in order to always have a few spots open. Residents would be exempt from the meters and residents would be given some means to provide guest parking.
But nothing is set in stone. And the purpose of the meeting is to hear from residents as to what actually is problematic about parking. Do they throw parties and need guest passes? Do they have trouble finding a spot at night? Do they have no problem at all but fear a change?
All these issues will be explored during the meeting. But one warning: if you want to attend simply to get on the mic and complain for the crowd, you’ll probably be disappointed. The structure of the meeting will involve breakout sessions where small groups of participants will have to discuss a particular challenge and come to a consensus on what to do about it. It’s a surprisingly productive way of handling tough issues like this.