Dodger Fans Looking for Free Parking Crowding Streets Around Stadium

6_22_09_eastsider.JPGWhen the city won’t help you, it’s time to DIY. Photo: LA Eastsider

Last week, the news blog LA Eastsider reported on efforts of residents in Echo Park and other Eastside communities to fight back against Dodger fans that cruise through and park on residential streets.  Basically, faced with a city that hasn’t been quick enough to help out, residents have taken to posting their own signs, barricades and even dressing as security guards to keep fans looking for free parking off their streets.

When I first saw the article, I wanted to repost it, but thought better
of it.  In this city, DIY projects tend to get erased awfully quickly
when someone shines the light on them.  Sure enough, when I checked
back yesterday there was a note that many of the signs that were put up
were taken down the same day the article posted.  Consider this Fletcher Bridge Redux.

Just as in the now-famous Fletcher Bridge incident, regular people are trying to protect themselves and their streets after he city turns a deaf ear to their concerns.  The Eastsider explains:

With City Hall and the Dodgers unable or unwilling to spend money on traffic and parking control measures that mean
something, residents say they are on their own. "We are kind of left to
do what we have to do," said the resident from Solano Canyon.

Of course, now the signs are down so the limited protection the community created for itself are now gone.  One of the commenters on Eastsider claims that the communities are working with the city and Eric Garcetti’s office to try and come up with a long-term solution and I’ll keep my eyes open for what’s happening on those streets.

In the meantime, wouldn’t it be nice if there were a transportation story involving the Dodgers that wasn’t about car-culture run amok?

  • Dan

    I’d say that the best way to solve the problem, quick and easy, would be to forget DOT, parking regulations, and all that crap.

    Make parking at Dodger Stadium “free” by building the price of the service into the ticket. At the same time, sell a transit/ticket combo at a discount to encourage not driving to the stadium at all.

    I’m not sure how you could do this and not penalize pedestrians; maybe there would have to be a special “stadium on foot” ticket that would need to be purchased in advance, and possibly in person (cyclists would have it easier, as they’d have instant proof of their means of conveyance.) I know it would suck to create an unwieldy system for people doing the right thing and walking to the stadium, but as somebody who actually does that for all the games I attend, I suppose I’d be willing to suck it up a little if it would keep the car traffic off local streets – or until someone else comes up with a better idea for pedestrian fairness.

    Anyway, my point is that this issue is probably easiest solved by a combination of city re-regulation and the Dodgers themselves.

  • Dan

    I know, I said forget regulation at the top and then I said use a bit of it at the bottom. What the hell, I’m a Mets fan.

  • Or just make everything within a mile radius a Residential Permit Parking Zone like every other residential area near a stadium is, with the RPP period valid 10 a.m.-8 p.m. seven days a week. You could permit two hour parking without a sticker, but after two hours, it’s a $50 ticket. They have those in Hollywood so it’s not like LADOT doesn’t know what a RPP is.

  • Ed Greenberg

    I won’t go to a Dodger game because the county (Metro) won’t run decent bus service out there. Compare with the San Francisco Bay Area, where you can use BART to get to the Oakland Coliseum or any number of options to get to AT&T park.

    It’s not the Dodgers responsibility to pay for the “Dodger Trolley”, it’s our tax funded agencies job to bring peole where they want to go.

    LADOT? Metro? Step up to your responsibilities.

  • Wad

    Ed Greenberg wrote:

    LADOT? Metro? Step up to your responsibilities.

    Both those agencies do an admirable job of carrying tens of thousands (LADOT) and more than a million (Metro) daily, even as they must try to maintain service despite falling local taxes and the state stiffing them on operating funds.

    They’ve got bigger problems than 81 games.

    It doesn’t matter how deep in hock Clan McCourt had to get to acquire the Dodgers. We know what their player payroll is, so that’s a crock. The McCourts can afford to pay.

    L.A. fans can get to a game much easier in Anaheim without a car than they can to Chavez Ravine. Build up enough of a fan base to go to the day games and work with the Angels organization to charter a Metrolink or Amtrak train for night games to make it worth their while.

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