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The city promised to consult with businesses, community leaders, and advisory neighborhood commissions (ANCs) before carving out 50 new parking spaces this month for Zipcar and Flexcar. But that’s not how it went down in Petworth. On Oct. 18, a tall orange pole designating two parking spaces on the 800 block of Upshur Street NW served as Shaka King’s only heads-up. The owner of the block’s Shaka King New York menswear boutique worries that a parking shortage will hurt small businesses. “When we looked up, it was already being done,” he says. “They didn’t wanna ask us, because they already knew what they were going to do.” Rick Rybeck, deputy associate director of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), blames the slip on a clerical error; records mistakenly indicated that the spaces were located in a different ANC. “The letter should have gone out, and the letter didn’t go out,” Rybeck says. An advisory neighborhood commissioner met with DDOT last week. Until alternatives are found, the spaces will remain. —Rachel Beckman