Alexandria’s Broken Parking Meters (Open Thread)

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The Alexandria City Council recently voted to extend the hours for the parking meters in Old Town and Carlyle. However, quite often, I run across meters that are out of service like the one I posted on Twitter last night which generated some discussion (see examples below). So, I will ask the same question here that I asked on Twitter.

If Alexandria is going to extend the hours for the parking meters, shouldn’t the meters work correctly? Also, the extended hours has caused a drop in traffic already in quite a few businesses in Old Town and Carlyle and also residents are saying they’ve seen less parking spaces available in the two hour residential zones. The law of unintended consequences?

What do you think about the new parking meter hours? Discuss below…

Broken multi-space parking meter in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia

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