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161,459 Parking Spots Reported Missing in San Francisco & Other Bizarre Stats

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.

I just obtained some San Francisco transportation facts from SFMTA from Fiscal Year 2010, and I’ve compared these with FY 2009 San Francisco transportation facts.  They indeed verify the statement that truth is stranger than fiction.

Ask the Parking Guru: Can You Avoid Tickets by Parking On the Same Block?

Hi David,

I have a question for you.  I work on the 3200 block of Van Ness.  The parking in front of the building is an island in the center of the street, there are spots on each side of the island, and there is a 4-hour limit. Last week I lucked out and found a spot right in front of the building.  Four hours later I went to move my car and somebody four spots down happened to be moving at the same time so I took that spot. 

Well, I got a ticket saying I parked over the 4 hour limit.  Not true, I moved my car 4 spots away.  Is that legal to just move a few spots down and park for 4 more hours or is there a restriction?  Or did the meter maid just have me logged on that block and I got a ticket because they thought I was in the same spot?

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