Reader view: Mind the markers when you park downtown


Last night I decided to drive into the Bowl for dinner at one of my favorite places. It took three orbits to find a parking place, and the closest one I could find to where I wanted to dine was three blocks away.

Now, that’s neither very far nor an unsupportable hike; in fact, a walk after dinner can be a very good thing.

But: I counted at least four spots where I might have parked — all eliminated by drivers ignoring the parking markers and taking two places.

If you think Edmonds has too many parking places, and you’re doing all you can to cut those numbers down — fine, I guess. But if you’re not haunted by all those surplus spots that need to be eliminated, could we please mind those painted lines, be good neighbors, and park more considerately?

It’s easy to double check when you get out of your car, and easy to slip back in and move up or back a foot or two – and it really will mean some other person will be able to  park (thus also cutting down on pollution caused by vainly driving around searching for a spot.)

Park like a neighbor — one space at a time.

— By Nathaniel Brown

Nathaniel Brown lives in Edmonds.

  1. My friend I am afraid personal responsibility for one’s actions is so yesterday. The number of excuses for X has never been higher. A sad reality really. The problem is when we ask for better responsibly we are labeled as X. Please do your best parking, orderly parking brings equity to your town. Not sorry in advance.

  2. Maybe EPD should start ticketing these cars that cannot seem to figure out what this white lines are for. I agree that this is a problem and a frustrating one. So much for us sometimes that we decide to elsewhere to dine or shop.
    Edmonds is always hungry for money so maybe the the income from these tickets would help.
    Hey, they might even raise enough money for the tickets to repair some of the horrible, trip hazard sidewalks downtown!

    1. I totally agree with your comments. My husband and I have lived in Edmonds for 46 years and I have long given up shopping or dining downtown. I have a handicapped license but it does us no good because handicapped parking spaces are so limited, as is parking in general. Much easier to go up the hill and spend our money in Lynnwood (even though the sales tax is higher).

  3. I agree they should get a parking violation and there should also be a lot more emphasis on turn signal violations. I see 50% of drivers not signaling.

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