Parking Tips for Beverly Hills

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Parking Tips for Beverly Hills

We’ve all heard of Beverly Hills, land of the rich and famous.
So it’s not surprising that when driving down its famed Rodeo Drive, one notices a plethora of Mercedes, Maserati, Bentley, Rolls-Royce and other luxury vehicles.
And it’s not surprising that Rodeo Drive is lined with all the famous designer boutiques: Chanel, Dior, Tiffany, Gucci, Louis Vuitton etc., etc., etc. (Remember “Pretty Woman?”)
With all this wealth – and all those expensive cars – you’d think a well-staffed parking lot (where attendants must be tipped handsomely) would be de rigueur for the West Coast’s 1%.
I mean, you have to baby those Bentleys and protect them from dings and scratches, no? One would certainly think so.
So, imagine my surprise, when I turned my 10-year-old Beemer onto Rodeo Drive and found myself dodging $200,000+ cars, which were abruptly changing lanes in order to grab an on-street parking spot as one of their own zoomed away.
I mean, if you’re going to pay $1,500 for a Gucci wallet, and you’re driving a $200,000 car, wouldn’t one think you could afford to pay $20 for a parking facility where your car was out of harm’s way?
Apparently not.
In Beverly Hills, it’s a race to the finish for a parking spot, where you pay a dollar for five minutes – if you’re fast enough to beat out that Aston Martin.
My advice: If you’re going to visit Beverly Hills, take a bus to Wilshire and Rodeo. Get off there, and walk along Rodeo toward the restaurants, shops and beautiful people.
Or take a limo, if you’re feeling flush that day.
Just make sure you’re careful crossing the street. Very careful. Lest you get run over by a Maserati, Mercedes or Bentley.
Who knows? You might be standing in his parking space.

Barbara Armstrong heads a marketing company in Los Angeles, She can be reached at bstrong9@aol.com.

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