Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park is now sporting the newest thing in parking meters, solar-powered, wireless devices that accept credit cards in addition to coins. The retrofitted single-space meters – Echo Park Now has a handy map of their location – should help address complaints by neighborhood merchants and drivers of dealing with jammed and overflowing meters and finding sufficient change to pay higher rates. But drivers should not expect free parking if they pull up to a failed meter. The shiny new meters come with a big red warning sticker that makes it clear that drivers won’t be able to avoid getting ticket by claiming the meter was broken as was the case with the old machines. Instead, the “Pay to Park” notice on the new meters advises drivers to look for another spot if coins or credit cards cannot be accepted. Just another reason to take a walk.
Buddy, can you spare a quarter and a parking space? The Eastsider