July 13, 2006

Parking Nonspot in Hollywood

I took a chance going to Kung Pao Kitty today. No, not the food. The parking.

I found a spot - make that a nonspot - along the north side of Hollywood Blvd., about halfway between Wilcox and Cahuenga.

It had white corner boundaries painted on the street. It was the right length and width. And the curb was uncolored. No green. No blue. No white or red. It wasn't in front of a driveway. Or a loading dock. Or a fire hydrant. Or a hooker.

The only difference: It had no parking meter.

I took my chances and pulled into the spot. I left for an hour. I came back, and no ticket, no scribbled post-it, no boot.

I feel lucky. And believe me I'll be on the hunt for other nonspots in LA. But I don't know if I should take my chances again.


LA City Nerd said...

Even if there's no meter, it is still a spot if all the conditions you indicated existed.

You shouldn't fear to park where there is no meter - just make sure you read the signs. The general rule of LADOT is to place one sign on a block face every 100 feet; but... that's not the law. There could be one at the start of the block and one at the end - so if you park in the middle, be aware of the rest of the block!

Memo Pisa el Lodo said...

There is a parking garage on the corner on cherokee, right next to the geisha house (on hollywood and cherokee).

It is about a 3-5 minute walk from Kung Pao Kitty.

blogger said...

I can always count on the LA City Nerd! The only sign I saw concerned late-night & street-sweeping restrictions, if I remember correctly. - AVN

AndyGirl said...

I adore nonspots. And that area has quite a few of them sprinkled about. Sometimes there are headless meters- weird decapitated metal poles, mysterious and awesome.