The Week in Parking

Late night Lew Blum, South Broad median fail: This week in Philly parking

Also: How Philadelphia children are learning about the parking struggle.

Lew Blum towing
Flickr via Paul Joseph

Say what you want about median parking south of Broad Street, but it is not for the faint of heart — or for drivers lacking in skill. Elsewhere in the parking world, Philly got a taste of late night Lew Blum, and it didn’t make a ton of sense.

We’ll highlight these stories and more in this installment of The Week in Parking. As always, send us your tips and photos of the best/worst parking situations to

Broad Street median fail

It looks so easy to park in the middle of Broad Street, doesn’t it? Just park your car in the median, like any other parallel.

But one thing to keep in mind: Actually park in the median, between the yellow lines, not that close to a major intersection. Basically don’t park like this person did:


To be fair, he wasn’t in a handicapped spot from philadelphia

It is not legal to park in the median. The parking there just goes unenforced. As you can see by the ticket on the windshield, that courtesy does not extend to this type of park job.

PPA: Not us, at least not all the time

Speaking of a ticket, the PPA sent out a reminder this that they’re not the only ones you should blame for getting one.

We really don’t believe it. But it is true. The Philadelphia Police, SEPTA police, police at basically all of Philly’s colleges and the Philadelphia Housing Authority also ticket vehicles; so don’t go around only hating the PPA.

Lew Blum’s 1 a.m. Twitter spree

The name Lew Blum may be synonymous with towing in Philadelphia, but that doesn’t mean he’s resting on his laurels.

Around 1 in the morning Friday he started tweeting at news organizations and news reporters about how to get a free Lew Blum towing sign. His mentions included WHYY, The Philadelphia Citizen, KYW’s Cherri Gregg and WURD’s Stephanie Renee.

At least those publications have people who live in Philadelphia. He also tweeted at the national news organization Ebony magazine.


Tweet of the week

The children are learning about parking early these days.


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