I had blocked out time on my calendar at work specifically for shopping at H&M today. I'd been looking forward to it for some time. But in the end, I was FOILED because there was no parking to be had in downtown Portland. Seriously. None. The parking garages were all full, and while I watched a number of folks snag spots on the street, the stars never seemed to align for me. I drove around for 30 minutes and then gave up. Looks to me like retailers are doing a good business this holiday season.
That I missed out on H&M is not a big deal; it's not going anywhere anytime soon. I am, however, annoyed that I spent my lunch break driving in circles rather than doing something more productive: shopping, running, eating, working, you name it. I guess this is my payback for laughing all the time about how Portlanders whine when they have to park more than three blocks away from their destination.
I will conclude my whine/rant (wrant?) with this thought: The number of parking spots in Portland could easily be significantly increased if every two consecutive parallel spots downtown were turned into three. Those spots are HUGE! I'm often tempted to cram my car into the space between two parked vehicles. Sam Adams, are you listening?