Curbside Chicken

July 28th, 2006

The Brookline Parking Problem

Posted by bigd in Uncategorized

Okay, so many of you know that his little town of 60,000, surrounded by Boston on three sides, has some quirky – okay, down right absurd – parking rules. First, there is no overnight on-street parking. Second, there is a sporadically enforced two-hour on-street parking limit during the day. I could care less about the two hour limit because they don’t really enforce it. The real issue is the overnight parking ban. What the hell is it good for? Let me tell you the official town reasons for the ban:

  1. Safety: if someone is walking along the sidewalk late at night, a scary person with bad intentions could be hiding behind one of those cars (gasp! What about the bushes, walls, and other things that this scary person could be hiding behind? Ban those too, I say).
  2. Street cleaning: “We need to clean the streets. If there are cars in the way, then we can’t clean the streets.” (Hello, ever heard of a street cleaning schedule?).
  3. Tradition: This ban has been in effect since the late 1800s.

Okay, I thank the Town of Brookline for giving me three solid reasons for the ban. I am now convinced that this is nessecary. Perhaps the one major reason for the parking ban (they won’t admit to this) is the revenue from parking violations. Each violation is $30 a pop (not to mention late fees). According to the Town, there are, on average, about 300 violators every night…let’s do the math: 300 x 30 = 9000. 9000 x 365 days = 3285000. HOLY COW, $3,285,000 a year in parking ban violations revenue.

I have figured out the real reason for the ban: money. In addition, there are countless property owners (including the town) who rent parking spaces the range anywhere from $100 to $500 a month. I guess you have to be rich if you want to live in Brookline and rely on a car to get to your place of employment.

Solutions. I’ll post some solutions later.

July 27th, 2006

One more

Posted by bigd in Uncategorized

Did I say that was my last official post? Well, I lied. This one is….I HOPE!
Again, thank you.

July 27th, 2006

The End of an Era

Posted by bigd in Uncategorized

Well folks, that time has come. Like all good things, this must come to an end. I am officially retiring from the Blog business. With four months, seven posts, and one comment under my belt, I feel that this is the best time to shut it down, pack it up, and move on out! Note that I am ‘officially’ retiring, so I may sneak a few posts here and there just to entice you all.
Thank you to the one person who left a comment. Your generosity and courage to say something made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, just for the second that it took to read it.






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