On Monday, we shared that the city had officially decided it was time to give Lodo patrons and residents a break by extending metered parking to cover overnight stays. This is great, considering the prior hassle of trying to move a car off the street by 2 a.m., especially if you've ever made the typical human mistake of drinking too much. We decided to go downtown yesterday and check out the new meter regulations -- and as sober as we were at 3 p.m. on a Tuesday afternoon, it was still kind of confusing to figure out what and how to pay.
On this particular strip of meters (between 15th and 16th on Wyncoop) parking is a dollar an hour from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., fifty cents an hour from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. and free from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. This seems fair, and the old rules of having to move your car 100 feet from the space every two hours until 10 p.m. still apply
It looks complicated, but here's an easy reminder: A dollar an hour before 2 a.m., fifty cents after.
Our question is: Could a drunk person really read and understand this? And, what kind of person, who has maybe had a few drinks the night before, plans on being awake prior to 8 a.m. to pick up his car?
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We guess the fact that we like to get drunk isn't the city's problem, and furthermore, by sticking to Saturday nights and holidays, you're in the clear. Just don't get drunk and leave your car here overnight on Sunday or Tuesday nights: Street sweeping rules will get you a ticket.