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Residents of the U Street corridor are never pleased to see their precious residential parking spaces becoming paid spots, but they have been especially outraged by a set of meters installed a couple of weeks ago by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). The seven meters popped up on the 2100 block of 11th Street NW, in front of two closed businesses. The Beauregard, a luxury residential building, is slated for the site. “Basically, when it was commercial, the parking was residential. Now it’s residential and the parking is commercial,” says Gary Baker, who lives across the street from the meters. Bill Rice, spokesperson for DDOT, says his agency is examining the issue. But regardless of what DDOT decides, residents will soon be rid of the meters. “We’re gonna start construction in four to five weeks, and we have to dig up the sidewalks,” says Paul Robertson of Robertson Development, the Beauregard’s developer. —Sarah Godfrey