Resident Permit Parking

Providence Daily Dose has an update on the parking situation in our lovely city, where you may still see barns and hitching posts, but dare not leave your car on the street overnight.

Does anyone else remember the Cianci decades, when police could never retrieve a stolen car, but always managed to ticket them, including one that had a dead guy in it?

Our intrepid officers have better things to do at 2am than write tickets–that’s when the bars let out after all.

I went to a community meeting where people were opposed to overnight parking. Some worried about students crammed into overcrowded apartments. I don’t see the connection, especially since permits would be limited to the legal number of occupants, and illegal parkers would be in the same situation they are now. I heard people say they don’t want the neighborhood cluttered with cars, but my neighborhood has paved its little front yards to make parking lots– and demolished nice old houses to replace them with first floor garage units.

We all wish the cars would go away, except for our own, but that’s a different problem to solve. Meanwhile, we are smaller than Boston, have wider streets than Pawtucket. Providence pre-dates the age of autos, and hopefully will outlast it. Resident permit parking is a fair and rational way to deal with our cars today.

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5 thoughts on “Resident Permit Parking

  1. There is no logical reason not to have overnight parking,period.
    Why only for residents?Suppose people are visiting overnight?
    A neighbor of mine usually has a nice St.Patrick’s day party.He encourages his guests who have had a few too many to sleeps over and have breakfast before hitting the road.he has a driveway,but not a parking lot.Responsible hosting,right?
    So the guests get tickets.How brilliant.
    Hey,if it snows,THEN ticket or tow cars parked on the street.
    Otherwise,why bother?
    Honestly,how often does the sprinkler truck roll by?Four times a year?A kid pissing in the gutter does a better job.

  2. My biggest concern with resident parking permits is how they affect visitors to a city. Case in point: my husband and I went to my older daughter’s choir performance on Wednesday in Newport and everywhere we looked around Trinity church (we were in separate cars) the only thing available was resident permit parking which after 6 pm was not allowed to be parked in by non-residents. Her performance was at 5 and there was a barbecue afterwards, so I figured, well, we’ll be out of here by 6:45 at the latest, I guess I’ll just have to take my chances by parking in this resident parking. Both me and my husband got $25 tickets.

    So….where are we supposed to park? There are no options for street parking for visitors after 6 pm in Newport. If Providence is going to enact a similar policy, I would question whether this will deter people from coming from nighttime events in the city, particularly on the East Side and in other neighborhoods that don’t have parking garages. Seems to me this policy could seriously backfire on areas that depend on nighttime visitors.

  3. I had that kind of thing happen to me in Boston, $40 for five minutes. I was visiting a friend in the Armory neighborhood in Providence, and they have resident permit parking, but it’s only in effect between 2am-5am.
    The street was narrow, but there were no public businesses there, in fact I was able to park in front of his house because they have a parking lot and don’t use the space on the street.
    I’m biased, because lack of parking is a problem for me, the guy I rent from is very nice and reasonable but I depend on rental.

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