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How Should We Sell Our Parking Spots?

My girlfriend and I are renting a house close to a large US University. We have a spacious driveway with at least four extra off the street parking spaces. We would like to rent out these spaces. What are our options? [more inside]
posted by AfterAlbuquerque on Sep 19, 2014 - 24 answers

Philadelphia weekend parking

Where can I park my car in Philadelphia for the weekend while I'm at a conference downtown? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Sep 9, 2014 - 6 answers

North London park and ride

Looking for a rail or underground park and ride station on the north side of London -- ideally near the M25. Difficuty: one where parking spaces are likely to be available in the middle of the day on a weekday.
posted by penguinicity on Aug 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Zoning, codes, and permits, oh my

I may have the opportunity to renovate my friend's detached garage into a little house/apartment for me. Location is Oakland, CA. I have a few specific questions now, but more importantly, I anticipate having many more and want to know how I can get answers without putting you guys back to work every week. Things are very much in a preliminary/investigating feasibility stage at this point. It's a little wordy; I'm trying to answer likely questions and also convey how tangly this all feels. [more inside]
posted by ktkt on Aug 2, 2014 - 10 answers

Parking by the Philly US Custom House

I need to go to the Philadelphia Passport Agency on Friday morning. The state dept website assures me there are several pay parking lots in the vicinity. But I'd prefer more concrete directions, as I'm driving in from 3 hrs away for an 8am appointment. Can anyone give me recommendations and addresses of lots or garages that are very likely to be open that are nearby? Where I can park all day? The address is 200 Chestnut St. [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Jul 14, 2014 - 5 answers

Parking markings in UK

Calling British readers pls - A highly specific question - about where parking is allowed on roads in the UK. Please see the photo here. That solid white line is approx 3 feet from the sidewalk. No signs (good or bad) anywhere in sight. No indication it might be a cycle lane or other special use. Can cars park on this road?
posted by Xhris on Jul 4, 2014 - 11 answers

Grand Coulee Dam 4th of July

We're going to the laser and firework show at the dam this year for the first time. I did some research and they are expecting 15,000 people for the show. Has anybody else been there before? I need some hints to make it more fun and not a hassle. Do we watch from the vehicle or should we bring blankets and a picnic, how early should we show up, best viewpoint, parking, etc.? Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks!
posted by cliffster99 on Jun 29, 2014 - 5 answers

How do they issue parking tickets so fast?

Every time I get a parking ticket, its issued within minutes of the meter expiring. Most of the meters can be paid by mobile phone, and the county also recently installed "smart meters". If they can send me a notification that my meter is going to expire, they can also send one to a local meter watcher. But do they?
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Jun 17, 2014 - 9 answers

Where to stash a car for a couple of weeks near downtown Denver?

We are on a roadtrip in Colorado and want to stay in downtown Denver for 1-2 weeks. We don't envision needing our car during our stay and wish to avoid the expensive parking options in downtown. Is there a good place to stash our car in the Denver area that is safe and inexpensive ($7/day or less) and readily accessible from downtown by public transportation? Any specific parking lot recommendations are welcome.
posted by jameslavelle3 on Jun 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Extra nice car, no garage

I'm getting a Maserati that's a few years old. I've never owned a similar car and I'm planning to enjoy driving it for a year or two, then sell it. It has very low mileage now and I won't be putting many miles on it. Is there any reason I can't park it on the street like every other car I've ever owned? We live in a low crime area of Southern California with a lot of nice cars, but true luxury cars seem to go into garages. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 9, 2014 - 21 answers

Legal MeFi, What exactly constitutes a crosswalk?

I am arguing with the city of Oakland about a parking ticket. The city thinks where I was parked constitutes a crosswalk. After going to an in-person hearing, it is clear that they are buffoons. The hearing officer had a complete misunderstanding of the law. So now I have to take them to small claims court. [more inside]
posted by cman on Apr 1, 2014 - 12 answers

And then there's the downside of assigned parking...

My apartment building has assigned parking spaces. My parking neighbor (though not my actual neighbor in the building, for weird reasons) left a large, very noticeable scratch on my front quarterpanel last night or today, complete with paint transfer matching his vehicle. How do I resolve this in a way that feels fair to me but averts major bad blood? Snowflakes on their side of the line inside. [more inside]
posted by TwoStride on Mar 22, 2014 - 27 answers

The Joy of Parking, San Francisco (Overnight Edition)

Where can I park my car this weekend while housesitting in Noe Valley? I don't mind a walking distance I just need a place to park my car from Friday night to Sunday afternoon where it will be safe and not piss off the neighborhood. Does that even exist? It will be our little secret..
posted by loquat on Mar 18, 2014 - 13 answers

Barcelona accommodation recommendations?

Looking for recommendations for a hotel or B&B in the Barcelona area. We are driving and arriving late May. Need a place with parking ideally north of the city but easy walking distance to the metro. €150 or less. TIA!
posted by cosmac on Mar 14, 2014 - 2 answers

Parking in Newark for a trip to NYC?

Does it make sense to drive to Newark Airport and park there for a long weekend in New York? [more inside]
posted by booth on Mar 13, 2014 - 27 answers

Evening one-time parking in Greenwich CT

I need to leave my car in Greenwich, take the train to NYC to have dinner with some friends, and then to come back to Greenwich later in the evening and drive away. This will be in the middle of the week, arriving in Greenwich around 4pm and returning to Greenwich late in the evening. [more inside]
posted by Kevin S on Feb 21, 2014 - 4 answers

Chicago parking ticket problems

A young neighbor is in trouble with the City of Chicago over parking tickets. How deep is the hole and how should he proceed to climb out? [more inside]
posted by peakcomm on Jan 16, 2014 - 7 answers

App for alternate-side parking regulations, street by street, in NYC?

Is there an app or a web site that will tell you what the alternate-side regulations for each block in the city? (And if there are meters or) not. [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Nov 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me fight this parking ticket!

At what time of the day are the parking meters no longer in effect on 17th St NW in Washington, DC? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Nov 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Marathon Weekend in NYC

Help me and my kids plan a fun, low-hassle weekend in New York watching Missus_A run the marathon! [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Nov 1, 2013 - 26 answers

Dishonest use of a handicapped parking placard

I found out a classmate of mine has been parking for free at our university (in the US) for the past year using a relative's handicapped parking placard. What are my options for getting him into the maximum amount of hot water? Bonus question: we're in a licensed profession -- is this something our licensing body would want to know about?
posted by CutaneousRabbit on Sep 2, 2013 - 30 answers

advice about getting out of this parking ticket saga PLEASE

....also serves as a cautionary tale about owning a car in nyc, timeline follows (apology for the long-winded-ness): 1. bought a car in 2008 and got a new NY state license / 2. moved from nyc to seattle in 2009, mailed back the license plate to ny dmv and got a WA state license / 3. moved back to nyc in may 2010, but kept my valid WA state license for about 3 months (was looking for a job so not sure if i would be in NYC permanently) / 4. almost immediately got a parking ticket due to "expired NY state registration" although the car was not even a NY car. curiously, the ticket was issued against my OLD NY state license #, which i sent back to government more than a year ago / 5. responded to NYC City Finance immediately, but have never heard back since.. / 6. fast forward, five weeks ago got a letter from NYC City Finance saying that i have TWO parking tickets due from 2010. / 7. responded to their advocacy unit that the tickets were lodged against an expired license / 8. was told just now that i can no longer argue against these tickets as they are more than a year old. so basically pay up or my car gets booted. / [more inside]
posted by kingfish on Aug 30, 2013 - 9 answers

Where can I leave my car long term near Wickford, RI?

I'm living on a sailboat for the summer, currently in Wickford, ri. My car is down here but I would like to go away for a month or two. Currently I don't have a place to leave my (old but important to me) car. Can you suggest a very cheap or free place I can leave my car somewhere in the vicinity? [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Jul 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Where can we find long-term parking in downtown Nashville?

My friend and I are hoping to drive down to Nashville tomorrow, park the car in long-term parking, and take a Greyhound bus to another destination. How can we pull this off? Is there long-term parking downtown? Should we park at the airport and take a bus into town? [more inside]
posted by Bluestocking_Puppet on Jul 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Chicago City Sticker no-fee purchase locations

Purchased a new vehicle on June 7th of this year. According to the law I have to purchase my city sticker by July 7th; tried going online to purchase but that only works for existing vehicle renewals. It appears that the majority of locations that sell stickers are currency exchanges that charge a 5.50 service fee. [more inside]
posted by andruwjones26 on Jul 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Parking Etiquette

In a line of cars driving around a parking lot, waiting for a slot to open up, who is the bigger arsehole? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench on Jun 9, 2013 - 21 answers

I need an annual SF parking permit, but my car is registered in LA.

I have somehow managed to live in SF for several years without a parking permit, but I am going to need one shortly. Can I get an annual parking permit without changing my car's registration information? [more inside]
posted by ziggly on May 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Seeking Small Commericial Parking Lot

I'm looking for a parking lot that can fit a few trucks in the DC / N VA area. Ideally it'd be fenced and relatively secure, ideally it'd be somewhat near a metro, and ideally there might even be a little bit of office and/or warehouse space; however, none of these are mandatory. I'm not turning up much in my searches on Craigslist or Loopnet that fits the bill. Mostly just finding huge warehouse or office properties rather than the dinky parking lot that we need. [more inside]
posted by grammalvsu on Mar 12, 2013 - 5 answers

The dawn of time, parking version.

I am parked on a city side street that is marked 2 hour parking only from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. It is now after 8 and I will be parked in this spot overnight. My question is, does my two hour parking start at 7:00? I have to move my car before 9:00? Overnight parking is allowed, lots of cars are there with mine. Thank you!
posted by jennstra on Mar 7, 2013 - 5 answers

Parking lot security for trucks - Threatened by ex-contractor

A former contractor for a small business I'm involved in has told an employee he plans to sabotage the business' 5 trucks, possibly pouring chemicals in the gas tanks. Advice on the best methods and devices to try to prevent this would be very appreciated. [more inside]
posted by jcfudgely on Mar 1, 2013 - 26 answers

Long term parking at JFK

I'm catching a morning flight out of JFK next Saturday and I need to leave my car at the airport for a few days. I would like to use the on-airport long term parking lot because it looks like there's AirTrain access, but I don't think you can reserve those spots. So I've got two questions: 1) is the parking lot (on Lefferts Boulevard) hard to find? 2) what are the odds that there won't be any spots when I show up? Thanks!
posted by reformedjerk on Feb 27, 2013 - 5 answers

How to fight a ticket for blocking your own driveway in San Francisco?

i've been living in an apartment building in san francisco for 10 years and have a one-car garage. for much of that time i parked my car on the street, parallel to the curb, blocking my own driveway to some extent. i also had friends park there cars there, and when i had a rental car, i parked it there on and off for several months. no one ever got a ticket. a couple months ago i parked a friend's car there overnight and got a ticket. apparently someone had called in a complaint, although the car was extending only into my own driveway, and by a small amount at that. i protested the $98 ticket, saying that i was the driver and the only one authorized to call in a complaint, but it was denied. i have no idea who called in the complaint, and DPT will not give out that information. i plan to do an in-person hearing. has anyone successfully fought this sort of ticket? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 on Feb 26, 2013 - 17 answers

The Standard Hotel & Spa in Miami. Let's Talk Parking

So I will be staying at The Standard Hotel in Miami next week. I will only be staying there on weeknights. From what I read on the internet, valet is $37 and takes sometimes an hour to retrieve your car. Thus I have several questions: [more inside]
posted by jennybento on Feb 18, 2013 - 8 answers

Free parking on or near Stanford campus?

I will need to park a car on or near Stanford campus this week this evening through Friday evening. I would prefer to park the car as close to Campus & Bowdoin as possible, preferably within a mile. Worst comes to worst I can use visitor parking ($12 a day), but I would prefer something cheaper or ideally free. Are there are any streets in Palo Alto without parking restrictions near the eastern side of campus, for example?
posted by dd42 on Feb 18, 2013 - 6 answers

Rental situation in Newark?

Asking for a friend: Are car rental desks at Newark Airport (specifically National, in P3) in heated areas or are they out in the parking garage? Flying in later in the weekend so probably don't need snowpocalypse warnings but could someone more familiar with the airport help out? Thank you.
posted by jessamyn on Feb 8, 2013 - 2 answers

Should I make my car a smart car?

We talked about smart houses before on AskMeFi, now what about smart cars? I'd like to smarten up my car a little, especially for parking. [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks on Jan 21, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me repay a parking garage manager

Is there anything I can get for a security guard who did me a favor when I messed up and might have lost my job due to negligence? [more inside]
posted by kellybird on Dec 12, 2012 - 27 answers

Our car is taking a nicer vacation than us

Where is the cheapest long term parking around the San Francisco Intl Airport? [more inside]
posted by cakebatter on Dec 9, 2012 - 15 answers

Do monthly parkers tip valets?

Do you tip a valet when you have a monthly parking space? In Chicago, if that matters. [more inside]
posted by slmorri on Nov 19, 2012 - 5 answers

Need Big Parking Lot Near Downtown Toronto

Where can we find a large (almost) empty parking lot in or near Downtown Toronto tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by Ziggurat on Nov 9, 2012 - 5 answers

You're over the line!

Why does the city ignore the possibility to write lots of easy parking tickets? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Oct 28, 2012 - 17 answers

Car or no car in Aspen/Snowmass?

Should I ditch my car for the winter while working in Snowmass Village? [more inside]
posted by efalk on Oct 16, 2012 - 5 answers

Where to Park near LAX?

Best, cheapest, safest-for-my-car LAX parking? [more inside]
posted by calgirl on Oct 10, 2012 - 7 answers

Best shuttle viewing spot in LA?

Where should I try to see the shuttle fly over Los Angeles on Friday morning? [more inside]
posted by Joh on Sep 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Cheap, public transit reachable parking in the outskirts of NYC. Is there such a thing?

I live in New York City. I own a car that I only need to use 2-3 times a month. Are there any low(er)-cost parking alternatives if you don't need constant access to the car? The ideal parking situation for me would be a garage with 24-hour access that would be reachable by public transit. Something way out there in Queens, Brooklyn or even Westchester. Is there such a thing?
posted by gertzedek on Sep 17, 2012 - 13 answers

Overnight parking in the Outer Banks?

Where can I park my car for a week in the Outer Banks (Nags Head, NC)? [more inside]
posted by backupjesus on Aug 31, 2012 - 8 answers

What's the statute of limitations on a fist high stack of parking tickets in the Big Apple?

Let's say I have a stack of parking tickets in NYC in the 1990's and early 2000's. What are the chances they're going to come up if I get a license in NYS again? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Aug 24, 2012 - 9 answers

Car sitting 101

Why are there so many people sitting in their cars in the grocery store parking lot? [more inside]
posted by R_Kamidees on Aug 8, 2012 - 55 answers

How can I fight this tow?

My girlfriend's car was towed from the street on a potentially bogus claim here in Chicago. How can we fight this? [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Jul 16, 2012 - 23 answers

Parking: beancurd in beantown

Any tips for parking near Boston's Chinatown? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Jul 14, 2012 - 7 answers

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