« on: May 30, 2007, 04:35:19 PM »
I lived just off Rittenhouse Square for awhile and parking was a NIGHTMARE. More often than not, I couldn't get a nearby spot and had to walk 8+ blocks (almost a mile) home from my car. I never wanted to move the car because then I'd need to find a spot again, so I pretty much didn't go anywhere I couldn't walk/cab (thus defeating the whole purpose of having my car). It's not much better in any of the other "desirable" areas, and unless something has changed recently, the city doesn't cap the number of parking permits they issue, so there could be 500 permits issued for a zone with only 200 street spots. Unless you're willing to pay for a spot in a garage or lot, I really really don't recommend having a car in Center City. Plus, insurance on a car in the city is through the roof.
A couple friends of mine live around 10th and Carpenter, near the Italian Market area. They rarely have trouble finding parking, but the cars have been broken into. Another friend has had good luck in the Art Museum area, but it really depends on what part you're in -- closer to the Parkway, it's much more difficult to find a spot, but too far up starts getting kind of sketchy. And most of the people I know who live up there own houses with garages, so they don't count.
Where I live, it takes 30 minutes to the Temple train stop on the R5, and about the same to drive into Center City (would be about 40 minutes to drive to Temple). It really isn't that much further away from Center City than Manayunk is, but the parking is definitely easier. I can't really speak to other areas because I don't know much about their parking situations.