The Parking Authority’s Guide to its Notoriously Cryptic Signage

By Kenneth Lipp

Philadelphia is noted for the parking wars (and Parking Wars) provoked by its infamously zealous Parking Authority (PPA), whose at times seemingly arbitrary enforcement policies are only made worse by frequently indecipherable signage.

To help clarify the posted enigmas for drivers, the PPA has provided a new how-to: The More You Know: Parking Signs Explained:

On each block of Philly you’ll find something new. There’s restaurants, cafes, clothing stores, maybe even a street performer playing music that can be heard for blocks or serenading passersby. It’s not just the culture and opportunities that change with each block; the parking rules do, too.

As you’re taking a stroll, and if you park in the city regularly, you’ll notice the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) signs posted on each street. These signs outline the parking regulations for each particular block.

The PPA post directs you to first view the Visit Philly guide to parking signs for an overview:

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PPA’s guide breaks down the instructions from a single sign – in 3 long paragraphs – as an example.

Via the PPA, who explains: "On the left side of the sign, you clearly see the words “No Stopping Anytime,” with an arrow pointing to the left. Sounds pretty self-explanatory, right? If you were to park your vehicle to the left of this sign at anytime, a ticket will be issued. So, avoid parking to the left of this sign."

Via the PPA:  On the left side of the sign, you clearly see the words “No Stopping Anytime,” with an arrow pointing to the left. Sounds pretty self-explanatory, right? If you were to park your vehicle to the left of this sign at anytime, a ticket will be issued. So, avoid parking to the left of this sign.”

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About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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