Gym Goers Add to the Pearl "I’m More Important Than You" Rep

Both my husband and I both work downtown, so we carpool. Every afternoon I pick him up from his office over in the Pearl, a block or two down from the 24-Hour Fitness on Irving & 12th. And everyday there is at least one car – sometimes three or four – sitting in traffic on Irving, waiting to get into the tiny little parking garage owned by 24-Hour Fitness.

They aren’t waiting because of log-jam at the gate like you occasionally get at a SmartPark – they’re waiting because there aren’t any open spots. So they wait for someone to leave. Sitting in traffic. Blocking traffic. While they wait – no one can go eastbound on Irving. And everyday they sit and wait. Eventually you can get a gap in westbound traffic and go around them – but really? I’ve pulled up behind them and honked. Usually they don’t pay any attention, to full of themselves to notice anything around them – or if they do – they motion that they’re waiting to get in the garage.

I’m sorry, but when the garage is full – go somewhere else and park. And if you’re headed to the gym, shouldn’t having to walk an extra block or two not be that big of a deal anyhow?

It’s too bad, ’cause that’s just one more reason why the Pearl gets a bad rap.

6 Comments so far

  1. tenstringesquire (port_bill) on August 27th, 2008 @ 1:23 pm

    Ahh, the ‘ole "lane takeover maneuver. The "lane takeover" was one of the first things I noticed after moving to Portland, and is probably still my #1 pet peeve about Portland drivers. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen somebody get in the wrong lane to make their turn, and instead of just going around the block they will sit there with there blinker on, making everyone behind them wait until the lane they want is clear.

  2. braincase on August 28th, 2008 @ 8:45 am

    "The Pearl": One of the best places for ritzy folks to walk out of a high end shop and straight into a panhandler. If the noses get any higher in the air around here, people are going to start to drown when it rains.

  3. chris on September 1st, 2008 @ 1:03 pm

    It’s called "double parked" and it’s not a violation isolated to "the Pearl". If you see a double parked vehicle call Parking Enforcement at (503) 823-5195. Put it in your cell and call it when you see it. Note license plate / model / make.

    They are actually pretty fast on responding. If you make it legally hurt, people will stop illegal behavior.

  4. mucklucky on September 4th, 2008 @ 5:43 am

    When it comes to law breaking, blocking traffic isn’t (to misquote Grease) the worst thing you can do. But it does show how folks are unable to empathize or be pulled from their stupor to see the effect they are having.

  5. derrickvee on September 5th, 2008 @ 3:18 pm

    i gave up on going to this gym sort of for this reason. in the post work hour, it can be a bitch to find a parking place within a three or four block radius of the gym, so to some extent i understand the mentality. not that i subscribed to it, i’d prefer to park somewhere illegally than block traffic.

  6. chris on September 7th, 2008 @ 9:57 pm

    LAFitness is moving into the neighborhood in Jan2009, with 3 levels of parking. So, that may alleviate gym parking issues. Or, maybe not.

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