Los Angeles city parking officers wrote more than 660,000 street-sweeping citations in 2012, costing drivers more than $50 million. But did you know that only a handful of neighborhoods accounted for a huge percentage (nearly one third) of the total tickets written?
Hollywood lead the way, with 30,266 tickets written, followed by other leaders Venice (22,848), Van Nuys (19,346) and Koreatown (18,254). North Hollywood, East Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Boyle Heights and Westwood all topped more than 15,000 tickets as well.
Not surprising, population density has a lot to do with the ticket leaders. In a nutshell, if there’s tons of multi-unit apartments and a shortage of street parking, it’s a tailor made recipe for parking tickets. Of course, on the flip side, many residents complain that enforcement officers will often write up tickets on days when the street sweeping vehicles don’t show up.
In any case, to visualize the data, check out the interactive map (screenshot below) put together by the Los Angeles times showing the distribution of tickets across the city.