Parking Regulations Driving Away Business!

How D.C. Bureaucracy Stifles Anacostia

"They've been working on the problem for 28 years," says Duane Gautier, CEO of Arch Development, a nonprofit that tries to help struggling businesses open and flourish.

Gautier is talking about a Washington, D.C. regulation that requires all retail stores to provide on-site parking for customers. In Anacostia, a poor section of Southeast D.C., the parking regulation has driven away much-needed commerical activity from the neighborhood. 

The parking regulation dates back to 1958, a time before the Washington Metro system existed and when automobiles were seen as the primary mode of transportation in the city. That's no longer the case and although Anacostia is well-served by public transportation and accessible to pedestrians, the parking regulation makes it that much harder for the struggling area to add stores.

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  • ||

    Rule #2 of my personal finance religion (there are only 2 rules): Never pay for parking if you can help it. This means I almost never go to downtown Pasadena, as that city is primarily funded by parking meter and parking ticket. The only business I visit regularly in Pasadena is Roscoe's House of Chicken 'N Waffle. They have free parking.

    Rule #1: Never pay interest on credit card; alway pay balance in full.

  • some guy||

    Rule #1: Never pay interest on credit card; alway pay balance in full.

    Possibly the best rule ever. I'd extend it to say "Never pay interest on any credit not backed by collateral. The rates will always be too high."

  • ||

    Rule #0: Don't have debt of any kind, unless you are making more off the loan than you are paying the interest.

  • some guy||

    If you voluntarily took the loan, aren't you by definition making more off of it than the interest you're paying? At least in the short term.

    Rule #0: Always consider all of the consequences of any transaction, not just the short term ones.

  • some guy||

    Also:

    Rule #0: Don't have debt of any kind, unless you are making more off the loan than you are paying the interest.

    See this is why you'll never be rich. You've got to spend money to make money. If you don't have any money to start with then you need to spend someone else's money.

    /derp

  • ||

    The only business I visit regularly in Pasadena is Roscoe's House of Chicken 'N Waffle.

    I'll take a Country Girl and Eclipse, please. Sure you can order a Carol C like everyone else for the novelty, but nothing beats their chicken straight up with some rooster sauce.

  • Mainer2||

    I thought cars were evil personified, causing the rape of mother earth, only to waste the earth's resources. Lack of parking would encourage all good citizens to use public transportation. It's all very confusing.

  • some guy||

    The only thing worse than cars are corporations. Even Gaia can be sacrificed to stop that evil.

  • Mainer2||

    So a corporation that makes cars would be exponential evil...unless the workforce is unionized ? See now I'm confused again.

  • some guy||

    Oh, the union is independent of the company or industry. Unions are always good, but they do not confer any of that good onto their host company.

  • Mainer2||

    "..host company"

    What you did there, I see it.

  • Zeb||

    The union is good because it helps them make fewer cars.

  • derpules||

    How about a non-union, foreign manufacturer that makes nuclear-powered cars out of assault weponz.

  • Doctor Whom||

    Remember the meta-rule: The rules are written and enforced so that whatever you do is wrong.

  • ||

    a Washington, D.C. regulation that requires all retail stores to provide on-site parking for customers

    That's retarded. But I suppose I shouldn't be surprised.

  • SugarFree||

    It's to make sure only properly cronied business can operate. We have a similar regulation around here, but it gets waved if you are the right someone's son or grease the right palm.

  • ||

    When you say "grease", you mean "ejaculate on", right?

  • Mainer2||

    "ejaculate"...is that what the kids are calling it now ?

  • SugarFree||

    in, on, near, around, over, under, beside and in the car of

  • A Serious Man||

    It's to make sure only properly cronied business can operate. We have a similar regulation around here, but it gets waved if you are the right someone's son or grease the right palm.

    So the Rodney Dangerfield model of business?

  • ||

    Speaking of DC, DC sucks.

    While investigating the case, police seized Mr. Srigley’s pistol, which he said he purchased legally in Virginia when he lived there, and close to 100 rounds of ammunition from his home.

    Almost 100 rounds???? Think of the children!

  • Mainer2||

    Almost 100 rounds????

    So, an arsenal then.

  • Live Free or Diet||

    Funny! If I don't have a thousand rounds for a gun that's a good indication I don't really have a reason to keep it. Not that I necessarily get rid of guns I don't have a reason for.

    I wonder what they would make of my 8000-ish rounds of 7.62x51?

  • JW||

    As part of the agreement, Benjamin Srigley, 39, was required to pay a $1,000 fine but will not have criminal charges filed against him for the three unregistered firearms and the ammunition that investigators found in his possession

    Lesson learned.

  • Juice||

    He's a hero. That's why he'll only be fined $1000.

  • Paul.||

    The police needed the ammo. Officer safety.

  • Paul.||

    “We took it into account that he saved this boy’s life,” Mr. Gest said

    You "took it into account" that he was exercising his constitutional rights. That's so very nice of you.

  • Paul.||

    “I don’t think he should be charged at all because it’s an act of heroism,” said Chris Speight, 45, a cousin who helps care for Jayeon.

    I don't think he should be charged at all, because it's his constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

  • $park¥||

    Oh look, the anarchists at reason are against parking regulations again.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    They won't rest until we have achieved Somalia levels of libertopia.

    /derp

  • Adamsmith1776||

    When I read the headline, I thought it was how DC Parking regulations and enforcement have caused me to stop shopping in DC period. They would rather get $50 in the form a ticket than $100 in the form of sales tax revenue, so I don't give them an opportunity to get either.

  • dantheserene||

    Given that my daily behavior in Va is worth mandatory jail time in DC and Md, I try not to cross the river at all if I can help it. It's a shame, since I like the bay and the shore. DC you can keep under any circumstances.

  • Live Free or Diet||

    There's plenty of Bay and shore in VA. I spend a lot of time with my line in the water off the Piankatank.

  • Almanian!||

    It's exactly as Julian was telling you. My sister - although unemplyed forever, made $135 and hour just through parking fees in Washington DC! She made $10 kabillion in the last 6 months. Check it out here....
    wwww.fuckthepublic.org/DC/parkthisbitch

  • CE||

    Parking meters also drive away business.

    http://www.unionleader.com/art...../130519663

  • Champion||

    I only go to Anacostia when I need to get ammo. They have so much they just throw it at you, at high velocity too. They should change the name to An-accosted-ia.

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