Eyes on the Street: L.A. Ticketing Cars Parked Illegally On Parkways

This car received a citation for parking in the parkway at a Koreatown DASH bus stop. All photos taken today by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
This car received a citation for parking in the parkway at a Koreatown DASH bus stop. All photos taken today by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

As of yesterday, the city of Los Angeles has resumed ticketing cars parked in parkways. As many SBLA readers are aware from past coverage, due to a lack of city enforcement for the last few years, parkway parking has become somewhat common in many of L.A.’s population-dense neighborhoods including Koreatown, Westlake, and Westwood.

The “parkway” continues to be a confusing term for many L.A. residents. The term refers to the area between the sidewalk and the curb. The official city of L.A. definition for parkway, clarified recently, is “the area of the public right-of-way not intended for vehicular use between the sidewalk and the curb (or where no curb exists between the sidewalk and the public street), which the City has reserved for landscaping and utilities.”

From the tire tracks, it is clear that this parkway-parked truck drove up the corner pedestrian ramp in the foreground
From the tire tracks, it is clear that this parkway-parked truck drove up the corner pedestrian ramp in the foreground

Parkway parking is generally accessed by cars driving on sidewalks. Driving there endangers pedestrians and damages sidewalks not designed to carry cars.

For a few weeks, LADOT has been leaving warnings on cars parked on parkways. The department also issued a press statement to get the word out in advance of law enforcement starting to issue tickets. Outlets including the L.A. Times and Curbed got the word out in advance of yesterday’s start of ticketing. CBS TV crews were in Koreatown last night covering the “city-wide parking crackdown” and interviewing drivers lamenting the city’s inaction on providing enough free parking for their vehicles.

On a trip through portions of my Koreatown neighborhood this afternoon, there appeared to be fewer illegally-parked cars than there typically have been lately, but still quite a few. Many of these cars had citations on their windshields.

Car parked on Koreatown sidewalk this afternoon. Note the citation on the windshield.
Car parked on Koreatown sidewalk this afternoon – with citation on the windshield
  • brianmojo

    Finally. It’s ridiculous it’s gone on this long.

  • Vooch

    first they ticket, then they install bollards. The war on cars is happening right before our eyes.

  • I was surprised to see how quickly most people abandoned this practice. As I was out and about it East Hollywood, Westlake, and Koreatown yesterday, I actually didn’t see a single car parked on a verge (my preferred term — aren’t “parkways” those scenic, proto-freeways likes the Arroyo Seco Parkway?). Additionally, I saw no obvious signs of the sky falling in. Now how soon before people start removing those ugly verge-parking deterrents like boldly-painted metal poles and tree stumps?

  • D Man

    This should be a litmus test for how enforcement leads to compliance. Rather than implementing road diets and car shaming, they should just enforce speed laws. People will slow down. Crazy how that works.

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