Where’s the worst parking in town?

Any Trader Joe's. 52% 171 votes
De la Guerra Plaza. 6% 20 votes
Funk Zone. 6% 21 votes
On the street downtown for working stiffs. 11% 38 votes
Phfft. I ride my bike. No parking problem. 9% 32 votes
South Coast Deli in Goleta. 5% 18 votes
UCSB. 7% 23 votes
323 total votes


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Specifically, the TJs on De La Vina, but the others are kind of bad too.

Num1UofAn (anonymous profile)
September 12, 2013 at 11:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I used to work the State St. Farmer's Market downtown. Like anybody else who works downtown and has to find parking, you have to go several blocks out to find free parking. TJ's is not that bad, in fact the one on De La Vina I can usually get a spot right on the street, right in front of the front door which is very convenient. On occasion during rush hour it can get bad, but I've never had to loop around the lot more than once or twice max.

I don't know of any solutions to the downtown parking issue other than building more parking structures and then lowering the price for longterm parking or create a very inexpensive monthly, quarterly and/or annual pass. Although walking 2 or 3 blocks to work isn't the worst thing in the world either.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
September 12, 2013 at 12:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So then one must ask: how is it that the City grants permits without ensuring adequate parking? Answer: anti-automobile bias in the City gov. I.e. "if we make your life miserable enough, you'll quit using your car." Has worked out real well, hasn't it? Isn't anyone else tired of being governed by unelected idealistic bureaucrats?

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
September 15, 2013 at 9:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

When I worked downtown @State & Ortega, our company leased two parking lots and provided parking passes for the lot next to Dargan's. Not a small expense. Many patrons of the Pressroom bar would take our parking spaces which resulted in lots of business for TowTime.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
September 17, 2013 at 9:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

We all know that as Americans we have the Diving Right that we never ever should have to walk more than 20 seconds from our car to the door of our chosen destination.

It is a walking problem, not a parking problem.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
September 17, 2013 at 4:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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