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Silver Lake Trader Joe's Parking Lot Gets an 'F-'

An online columnist has nothing but harsh words for this local lot.

The parking lot of the Trader Joe's in Silver Lake. (Photo Credit: Arin Mikailian).
The parking lot of the Trader Joe's in Silver Lake. (Photo Credit: Arin Mikailian).
Get some Angelenos in a room and they're bound to start talking about the worst parking lots or jammed streets in town. This week, the online chatter is all about the overly-cozy lot down at the Trader Joe's in Silver Lake.

It was not only a target for The Awl, but the local lot received the lowest grade, an F-, on a list of horrendous parking offerings throughout the city.

Wrote contributor Eric Spiegelman: "Each Trader Joe's parking lot has at least two entrances that put the drivers who use one at loggerheads with the drivers using the other. Each has at least two separate zones of parking that look nothing like each other, connected in a string-of-pearls configuration with a single lane bottleneck connecting them. And each lot is notable for its massive size and inefficient allocation of spaces."

And after stopping by the lot myself on Monday, the conga line of cars pouring from the lot entrance onto Hyperion Avenue spoke for itself, as does the attached photo.

Click here to read the full Awl article.

Are there any other parking lots in Echo Park or Silver Lake that you think also deserve the lowest of grades? Tell is in the comments.
Douglas Krisher January 07, 2014 at 10:25 AM
So true! The TJ's parking lot is an effin nightmare! People pulling into the lot on Hyperion almost never pull far enough to the right to allow cars to go past them. Not to mention, anxious drivers block the sidewalk if you are trying to cross the street! They don't care. Why doesn't the city put a cop on the intersection and issue a ton of tickets? That would help the city/s budget and provide more safety. I can't stand that place or their parking!
CAROLANN January 07, 2014 at 12:46 PM
THATS BECAUSE OF TOOO MANY PEOPLE SHOPPING THERE...THEY HAVE ANOTHER PARKING LOT NEXT TO THAT ONE...BUT NO ONE WANTS TO WALK A BLOCK..LMAO...I LIVED HERE WHEN TRADER JOES FIRST OPENED..BACK WHEN SILVERLAKE WAS NOT OVER POPULATED...YES I SAID IT...TO MANY FREEKING PEOPLE LIVING HERE!!!!
Mary Jo Pollack January 07, 2014 at 07:13 PM
As a person who has been shopping at TJ's for >35 yrs, it has been my observation that almost all of their lots deserve at best a c-. This is true as well in the Bay Area where I lived for 15 years. My friends in the midwest have also complained about the parking at JT's. It is part of their culture. Perhaps the "best" is the garage on Selma & Vine. At least there are always spaces & no danger getting in & out of the lot as there is on Hyperion. They validate for an hour.
Jerome Courshon January 08, 2014 at 02:12 AM
It's actually part of TJ's corporate "philosophy" to not really care about enough parking for their constant inflow/outflow of customers. They don't want to spend the money on leasing or acquisition for adequate parking, and don't. They provide just enough, generally, per whatever the local/city requirements are, and that's it. (I'm not saying this to be unkind. I like TJ's and shop there once a week. But that's just the way they generally operate.) As far as that additional lot north of the store, almost anytime I try that lot to avoid the congested lot at the store, it's full. Then upon exiting, you can't turn left to go back towards the store, so you're screwed with much driving to even get back to the vicinity of the store. I believe a number of people parking in that lot don't shop at TJ's, but TJ's does not police that lot. My solution to the horrible parking, is to just go early enough in the day pre-rush hour, or after 9pm. I never have issues then.
Julie Casey January 30, 2014 at 03:38 PM
Agreed..the lot at Trader Joe in Silver Lake is a challenge, however, I think the parking attendants....who seem to ALWAYS be there deserve praise for meeting that challenge well.

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