Some residents of Mission District say that the first thing you should do if you want to continue to enjoy living in the neighborhood is to get rid of your car. However, this may be easier said than done, even if the Mission has one of the most MUNI stops in the city, especially if you need to go to places not accessible by public transportation. If you own a home or renting a place with a garage, consider yourself lucky, even though as a renter you are probably paying an extra $200 to $250 per month for car parking.
Many parts of Mission District can be tough for parking. The most difficult places for street parking are in 16th and Mission, 22nd and Mission, and any areas close to Mission Street. Parking gets better if you are willing to park several blocks away or after you go in circles a dozen times if you are trying to park after 6pm. You can also try heading towards higher street values or go closer to Potrero to get better chances at finding a parking spot.
It’s not too bad in the southern part of Mission. Drive to Harrison and Cesar Chavez and you may find some spaces available around Precita Park. Folsom and Shotwell may offer more spots for street parking and, sometimes, so does Treat Street. Generally, if you go farther east and south you are more likely to find a spot, especially if you go before 6pm.
If you are often not lucky in finding parking spots and you feel like you are always running out of gas trying to find one, you may want to consider paying a monthly parking fee at any of the nearby garages. There’s a large parking garage on Mission, between Cesar Chavez and Precita, which may run you, more or less, $200 per month. You can also check the garage between 21st and 22nd streets. Craigslist is an excellent source to check for parking openings.