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Some drivers haven’t mastered the art.

Capron St. is a very small slice of New York City in Rochester. There’s now an upscale restaurant, neighborhood bar, loft building…and parking crunch.

To accommodate development, the city rebuilt Capron St. and included parking bays. At first glance, they look like any spaces, until you try to park.

The street is one way and the bays are angled the “wrong way” to pull in forward. You have to back in. Loft developer Patrick Dutton thinks this is the first “reverse parking lot” in the city. With reverse bays, drivers don’t have to back out into traffic “blind.”

The Capron parking spots have created a lot of confusion – and bad parking jobs. Some people end up going the wrong way down the one way, tricked by the angled spots.

Some drivers go the wrong way down street to park forward-facing.

Reverse parking lots have created controversy elsewhere in the world. Residents of a town in the UK started a petition against reverse bays.

We probably won’t see a revolt against reverse bays on tiny Capron St. But I hope this doesn’t become a trend. I’ve mastered parallel parking, but this is asking too much!


We’ll be hearing more in the coming weeks about Capron St. and the surrounding neighborhood, which formed an association under the name Washington Square. I’m looking forward to hearing more about what is planned.

11 Responses to Reverse Parking Lots Come to Rochester

  1. is reverse parking like a reverse mortgage?

  2. You say that, but if you’ve ever had dinner at Bistro 135 or frequented any other establishment on Commercial St in ER, you’d know the horrors of backing up from those stupid slanted parking spaces!

  3. I wouldn’t think it’s a matter of mastering the parking so much as drivers mastering the art of leaving enough space for people to back into the spots.

  4. It looks like a great idea. The problem isn’t that this guy started reverse parking, the problem is that there is non-reverse parking.

  5. Wait; parallel parking you have mastered but backing into a spot is too much? In my experience backing into a spot is far easier than parallel parking. You even mentioned the safety benefit:

    With reverse bays, drivers don’t have to back out into traffic “blind.”

    This sounds like an attempt to drum up controversy.

  6. January 13, 2012 at 11:52 am Mark Tichenor responds:

    Did those developers ever sell any of their ridiculously overpriced lofts?

  7. Doesn’t really seem like it’s that big of a deal….

  8. Okay … Guess how many people are going to try and park in the reverse parking lots, only to be denied any help from the “active park assist” feature in their car.

  9. January 13, 2012 at 6:12 pm Mittens responds:

    This is great news. Downtown is truly coming back to life. Plus, reverse parking is much more practical anyway.

  10. I back into almost every parking spot. Backing out when you are surrounded by big suv’s and minivans makes it difficult to see oncoming vehicles or pedestrians….

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