Documenting Hillcrest’s Parking Problem

Parking is a contentious issue in Hillcrest, – or at least the perceived lack of parking. Lately the issue has threatened to delay, dumb-down, or even derail the construction of really great, protected bike lanes on University Avenue.

University Avenue from 10th to Center Street

I thought I would check into the parking problem along University Avenue in Hillcrest. I photographed on-street parking from 10th Avenue to Center Street, at approximately 1o:oo am, 12:00 noon, 3:oo pm, and 5:00 pm. This area is home to shops, restaurants, and small professional businesses.

The findings: There is no parking problem. There was plenty of available on-street parking, in each block, at each time of the day I photographed the street.

The problem, at best, is a parking management problem. At the worst, Hillcrest has been conned by a small group that is spending tens of thousands of public dollars to “fix” a parking “problem”, instead of improving our streets with better sidewalks, street trees, bike facilities, and managing the existing parking.

As you can see in the photographs, plenty of on-street parking was available at each time of the day in each block.

10:00 AM

Parking is nearly completely empty with very little traffic


12:00 Noon

One might expect more parking issues at the lunch hour, but there were still plenty of open parking spaces on each block.


3:00 PM

Available parking at 3:00 PM is similar to 10:00 AM


5:00 PM

5:00 PM had the busiest traffic, and most full parking, especially from Normal to Richmond. However, the parking spots on Normal Street were still nearly completely empty.

Hillcrest should demand accountability from the Hillcrest Parking District before the District is allowed to spend more public money on creating additional parking, (especially free parking), and before the District tries to negatively influence the SANDAG Regional Bike Plan.

Walter Chambers


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One Response to Documenting Hillcrest’s Parking Problem

  1. Sam says:

    You may find this site pretty interesting – hard to say how accurate it is though.

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