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Parking Meter Rates Creep Up in SF Neighborhoods

While you were sleeping, parking meter rates crept up by 25 cents per hour in many San Francisco neighborhoods, including the Marina, Pacific Heights, Civic Center, Duboce Triangle, SOMA, and the Mission.  On the bright side, at the same time, meter rates have stayed the same or decreased right next to the blocks where they have increased.  Parking guru David LaBua answers questions below about the parking meter changes:

How does it make sense that two blocks right next to each other have radically different prices? 

Parking Tips: The Snowy Streets of San Francisco

It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of Finding the Sweet Spot, David LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

With snow in the forecast this weekend, I thought it would be a good time to give a brush up tutorial on how to properly curb your wheels. Last year, there were 59,533 citations given out for uncurbed wheels or for wheels not curbed properly. On our hilly streets, it's a good idea to habitually curb your wheels, not just when parked on a hill, and not just when snow is in the forecast, but whenever you park.

Parking Quiz Answer: DPT Officers Per Square Mile

Our parking god David LaBua, author of Finding the Sweet Spot, gave us a parking quiz for you to marinate over during lunch on the number of DPT officers per square in San Francisco, because really, doesn't it feel like they are hiding behind every tree and corner, waiting to pounce? The surprising answer is revealed below.

How many parking officers are there per square mile in SF?

A) 6

B) 16

C) 106

D) 1600

E) 16000

Answer:

Parking Quiz: How Many DPT Officers Per Square Mile in SF?

It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of Finding the Sweet Spot, David LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

Doesn't it seem like DPT officers are absolutely everywhere, all the time? How do they do it? Take this quiz and check back after lunch for the brutal truth to be revealed.

How many parking officers are there per square mile in SF?

Parking Tips: The Romantic Side of Parking

It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of Finding the Sweet Spot, David LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

Says David: It being Valentine’s Day soon, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at the romantic side of parking your car in San Francisco.  Here are some of my favorite romantic spots to park and umm…talk. 

Parking Quiz Answer: SF Cars vs. Parking Spaces. Who Wins?

Just before lunch, parking maniac David LaBua, author of Finding the Sweet Spot, asked you who would win in a fight: the number of cars in SF vs. the number of parking spaces?


The number of street parking spaces (including meters) in SF


or.......


The number of registered cars in San Francisco?
 
 
Says David: The most recent public data I obtained shows that there are:

Parking Quiz: Parking Spaces vs. Cars in SF

It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of  Finding the Sweet Spot, David LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

A short one for you this gorgeous Friday, asking Which is Greater?
 
The number of street parking spaces (including meters) in SF


or......

Parking Quiz Answer: How to Decode Confusing Colored Curbs

Just before lunch, David LaBua of Finding the Sweet Spot fame quizzed you on how many of those darn colored curbs (that usually mean a ticket or two) there are in this city. Find out here how to decode them & outsmart the DPT once and for all.

How many restrictive curbs are there in SF? Put these curbs in order from most to least.

A) Green Zones
B) Blue Zones
C) White Zones
D) Yellow Zones
E) Taxi Zones

Answer:

Parking Quiz: Understanding Confusing Curb Colors & Signs

It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of  Finding the Sweet Spot, David LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

Says David:

Signs and curbs are straightforward and easy to understand, right?  Not always. And, the 1,932,416 parking citations issued last year confirm it. Have you ever gotten a ticket and felt that it was unwarranted, but after carefully reading (then re-reading) the wording on the sign or curb, you finally realized that you were indeed in the wrong? Quiz yourself on just how many restricted curbs are out there. We'll break down the answers right after your lunch break!

How many restrictive curbs are there in SF? Put these curbs in order from most to least.

Three San Francisco Parking Scams

It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of Finding the Sweet Spot, David LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

"There's a sucker born every minute" is a phrase often credited to P. T. Barnum (1810–1891). And I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you may have been part of a parking ticket scam without even knowing it.  Perhaps more than once.

According to my sources at the DPT and the SFMTA, there are three different scams going on in SF using parking as their base of operation.

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