Street parking is not — yet — an inalienable right in the USA. But in a busy business district like central Pike/Pine, every spot counts. Capitol Hill drivers and, especially, the savvy, the statistics-minded, and the “I have awesome parking karma” parkers have been surprised to find a full block of E Pine street parking has suddenly been removed from the equation.
Here’s a note we received from neighbor Damien:
I noticed that the North side of Pike between 11th and 12th is now police vehicles only. Last night there was a parade of tow trucks removing 3 illegally parked cars over by the liquor store (about 11p) I think the police took over parking on a few of the other side streets by the station too. Looks like this is going to be a new favorite get towed “gotcha” spot on the hill.
We asked SDOT about the change and they passed along this letter, below, sent out by East Precinct Commander Capt. Ron Wilson. With the 12th Ave Arts project slated to break ground next month on the site of the precinct’s parking lot, SPD needed a temporary, nearby solution for its patrol and operations vehicles:
Yeah, in this case, a few years is, indeed, temporary.
It’s not all bad news for Pike/Pine parkers. The precinct’s parking enforcement officers and their squad of carts and Segways will be exiled to the old fire station at 23rd and Yesler for the duration of the construction:
The Seattle Police Department will temporarily base parking enforcement officers from the East Precinct Police Station at the former fire station 6 at 23rd and Yesler for approximately 18 to 24 months while the Capitol Hill Arts building is under construction.
No telling if this will give you a better chance of avoiding a ticket. We’d be surprised.
An SDOT study showed Pike/Pine parking utilization rising above 100% at night. Well done, creative parkers
Meanwhile, Salon Dewi’s Travis Powell sends us a common complaint we hear about the payment stations on the Hill — many of them don’t work:
Heads up, the parking meters located on 11th Ave in between Pike and Pine have been broken for over a week, they won’t accept credit cards – only change and who carries that many quarters these days! I have called the City of Seattle and reported it. They are still issuing parking tickets on this block – beware. The only meter that is working is located around the corner on Pike. The meter maids know they aren’t working as well. The city is getting revenue for something that isn’t the citizens fault. Those that receive a ticket can call the City and have the parking meter number and have the ticket dismissed, this was told to me by the maintenance department. Not sure if this works or not. It is really a problem for those of us that have businesses on this block – our clients are getting upset and don’t know what to do about the issue. The city needs to put out of order signs on them and direct people to where working meters are. Maybe you can contact them and find out what is really going on.
Thanks, The Waxing Diva – aka – Travis Powell
Like we said, parking isn’t an inalienable right. But let’s assume a space or 28 provide a certain level of utility and economic value. We’ll surrender E Pine. But can SDOT perhaps make the pay station experience a little less miserable?