KOREATOWN (CBSLA) — Koreatown drivers are taking extreme measures to survive the parking nightmares plaguing the neighborhood.
The problem went viral last month after a woman posted a video showing two drivers battling it out for a space near 5th and Catalina — the incident apparently lasting for hours.READ MORE: LA County Supports Less Strict Threshold For Disneyland, Other Theme Parks To Reopen
Resident Alberto Velosa says parking in the neighborhood is so bad people have given up.
“The parking situation is pretty bad. I had a friend that came to visit — couldn’t find parking. She ended up leaving,” he explained. “It’s really horrible. I can’t invite friends over … they can’t park.”
And it’s not just having guests; the people who live in the area suffer too.READ MORE: High-Definition Panorama Taken By Mars Rover Perseverance Shows Crater Rim, Cliff Face Of Ancient River Delta
“In the past five years, it’s exploded,” said a woman, noting with a construction boom and new folks moving in, the problem has gone from bad to worse.
“I’ve heard [of] people sleeping in their car. [A] woman told me she had to park in the red and sleep in her car,” she added.
Another woman complained of circling her neighborhood blocks for two hours to find a spot.
Most of Koreatown is in the district represented by City Council president Herb Wesson.MORE NEWS: No Criminal Charges Being Considered Against Tiger Woods For Crash, Sheriff Says: ‘He Was Lucid’
A spokesperson told CBS2 they are reviewing different options for easing the parking headache.