Downtown Parking, Now With Less Price Gouging

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Because of the District’s height limit and a variety of other factors, DC doesn’t have many surface parking lots or above-ground parking garages.  No, our city is full of a crazy number of underground parking garages, many of which are hidden and hard to find if you don’t know where to look.  Luckily, there’s a great site that helps you find parking garages in an area and does some comparison shopping to find you the best rate. allows you to select whether you want daily or monthly parking, then maps all the parking garages in a neighborhood or close to a particular address.  And best of all, it sorts parking garages by price– enter an arrival and departure time and it will find the cheapest option for you. This looks to be a really helpful site, and there’s even a mobile version for when you’re in your car circling the block, looking for a parking space that won’t cost an arm and a leg.

Shannon grew up in the greater DC area/Maryland suburbs, went to Virginia for college and grad school (go Hoos!), and settled in DC in 2006. She’s an urban planner who loves transit (why yes, that is her dressed as a Metro pylon for Halloween), cities, and all things DC. Email her at Shannon (at)!

One thought on “Downtown Parking, Now With Less Price Gouging

  1. Tremendous site for commuters and residents alike. Although I favor the growing sentiment that decreases parking garages and street parking and increases mass transit thus (in theory) cutting down on congestion and forcing one occupant SUV drivers to either be late for work or take the metro.