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Denver trying out back-in angle parking in lieu of parallel parking

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DENVER -- Finding a parking spot can be a maddening task in Denver. And once you do, getting your car into that spot is next challenge.

The City and County of Denver thinks they may have an option to alleviate those headaches, at least on some streets where the city is now experimenting with back-in angle parking instead of parallel parking.

It's an old method of parking made new again. You signal, stop and reverse into your chosen spot. But not all drivers are on board.

"Some people are going to get it right away, but for others it's going to take a little bit of getting used to," Denver Public Works spokesperson Heather Burke said.

The stretch of road sporting the new back-in angle parking is on 7th Avenue between Logan Street and Pennsylvania Street.  Instead of the 12 parking spaces normally in the area, eight more have been added for a total of 20.

Kelly Lutz manages Governors Park Tavern in the area, which also includes a new Trader Joe's grocery store, and she called the additional spots "completely good news."

"We've had a lot of business opening up; lots of residences, bars and restaurants," Lutz said. "More parking means more patrons for those businesses."

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