Perception is that finding parking in the U District is hard, data says otherwise
The U District is home to two of the City's 30 paid parking areas, with over 21,000 spaces of on street parking spread throughout the neighborhood. Of these 21,000 on street spaces about 4,799 of which are paid spaces. Of those 4,799 paid spaces the vast majority are 2 hour spaces 3,235, another 1,518 are 4 hour spaces and the remaining 37 are 30 min zones. The City of Seattle recently completed a report showing the over all occupancy of paid parking areas in commercial zones.
The Core Area of the neighborhood located along University Way NE pays a rate of $2.50 per hour where the periphery Edge Area lays west of 12th Ave NE and mainly along Roosevelt Way NE with rates of $1.00 per hour.
As you can see the District has experienced an increase in total occupancy from 2015 to 2016. The Streets of the U District are most full after 7:00PM with folks hoping to find overnight parking near the end of the paid time restriction. The Edge Area saw the largest increase in occupancy over the last year in the 6:00PM - 7:00 PM time slot jumping from 30% occupied to 50%.