Sidewalk parking – streetsblog Los Angeles

Car on the sidewalk of 4th Street near Avenue Normandie. Photos by Joe Linton

The latest reports show LA County has 18.6 million parking spaces, or 14% of developed lots. But apparently drivers want more. It might just be anecdotal in my neighborhood – which is Koreatown near East Hollywood – but it seems like I’m seeing more and more cars parking on sidewalks and curbs.

When I walk, these sometimes block the sidewalk, which is especially irritating when pushing a stroller. I don’t remember seeing this five to twenty years ago, but this year alone I feel like it’s increasing. I don’t see it every day, but I noticed it half a dozen times before I started taking pictures last month with this article in mind. Parking isn’t easy here, and it’s a bit rarer on street cleaning days, but it seems drivers are content with the spaces allotted to them.

Car on the sidewalk on First Street near Vermont Avenue.
Car on the sidewalk on First Street near Vermont Avenue.

Do other Angelenos see this? What neighborhoods? Can we come up with some kind of shame process? Maybe just a hashtag?

What to do to prevent it from proliferating? Can we get the police to act? Unless … sometimes it is law enforcement vehicles parked on the sidewalk.

LAPD car parked on the sidewalk at the Wilshire / Vermont red line metro station
LA County Sheriffs car parked on the sidewalk at the Wilshire / Vermont red line underground station

I’m guessing sidewalk police parking is probably okay in an emergency. The photo above is the only time I have observed it. But it still appears to be harmful to walking, especially if it spreads and sends the wrong message to already licensed drivers.


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