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Posted at 6:25 PM ET, 06/25/2010

Night meter rules lifted in some areas

By Nikita Stewart

[This post has been updated]

Just in time for the summer campaign season, the District has lifted new parking meter rules that put time restrictions on people who parked on city streets while trying to enjoying a night out on the town.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), who proposed requiring the fees to generate revenue, has heard complaints on the campaign trail. He said in an earlier interview that he would revisit the issue.

On Friday, the District Department of Transportation announced that many commercial areas would no longer place time restrictions on parking until 10:30 p.m. Instead, that will only be in effect until 6:30 p.m. Drivers will still have to pay to park until 10:30 p.m. in "premium demand zones." Spokesman John Lisle said meters are being adjusted to allow people to add more time. Watch out for tickets!

Here are the areas where you will have to pay to park after 6:30 p.m. -- but there will be no time restrictions in the evening anywhere in the city:

Adams Morgan
Georgetown Historic District
Penn Quarter/Chinatown
U Street, NW Corridor
Downtown Central Business District
Maine and Water streets SW
The Mall
Wisconsin Avenue NW (from Van Ness Street to Western Avenue)

By Nikita Stewart  | June 25, 2010; 6:25 PM ET
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DC parking enforcement overwhelmingly targets and tickets white neighborhoods.

Posted by: LouisTheRogue | June 26, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Finally someone actually thought that ticketing the entertainment areas was bad for business. I can only imagine the thought process that came to that conculsion.

As to LouisTheRogue: parking enforcement targeted the business areas of the city to enforce the 2 hour meter times. I'm sorry if the people ticketed just happened to be mostly white. Maybe in the future the District will handout 'White' placards like the handicap placards and the holders will be exempt. By the way, parking enforcement drives thru MY neighborhood EVERY DAY Monday thry Friday and its 99% Black. I guess they target whites in some parts of the city and Blacks in others.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | June 26, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

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