City councilor has car towed when she forgets about street sweeping

At-large Councilor Michelle Wu, who lives in the South End, tweeted this morning:

Completely my fault for forgetting street cleaning today on Tremont, but towing from South End to Hyde Park seems excessive!!

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    "City Councilors are

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    "City Councilors are currently paid an annual salary of $87,500"

    Wow, they put up with a lot of shit for $87K. I wonder if there is anyone else in the city more deserving of your scorn?

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    I don't want to sound insensitive to her plight, but...

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    [snort]

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    She has a legitimate point.

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    She has a legitimate point. That's a long way to go to get your car. It's not easy to go from the South End to Hyde Park.

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    How many people just know

    How many people just know this offhand, even for a city councilor? I don't know how the tow system works, but in other cities in the state, as I've found out, local towing companies have beats that they tow for and take back to their own yards, which can be anywhere.

    Anyone who's ever had their

    Anyone who's ever had their car towed, or who knows anyone who's ever had their car towed? Most cities are notorious for the amount of difficulty in getting your car back after it's been towed and Boston is no exception.

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    Funnier it didn't occur to

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    Funnier it didn't occur to her two days earlier at the Council hearing where she was grilling the head of DPW about street cleaning.

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    Towing has come up

    Towing has come up a few times already at different Ways & Means hearings. I first brought it up at the one with the Dept of Innovation & Technology 2 weeks ago-- they oversee the automatic notification systems and I wanted to make sure the City is doing all we can to alert residents instead of punishing right away. Towing did come up at the DPW hearing too, and we were assured by the Commissioner that the City wants to prevent towing where possible, mentioning how code enforcement will try to knock on doors to remind residents to move their cars. I think we could do better with text notifications in real time before the tow happens.

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    Yup, learning from experience

    I've actually been looking into towing since I heard from several residents after street cleaning started a few weeks ago who were upset about how much the fees/fines are and how towing starts without enough reminder to residents that street cleaning is starting back up again for the year. But I hadn't heard about cars getting towed all the way across the city before, so thought I'd share my experience. Have since heard from a bunch of folks about it. Sadly I've been towed from the South End before, but to the lot on Southampton St. (1.5 mi away vs. ~8 mi to Hyde Park lot)

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    I give her this

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    Even though people make Frontage Road out to be akin to Siberia, it is a better place to tow cars from North End/Beacon Hill/Downtown/Back Bay/South End.

    Of course, she won't forget street sweeping again.

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    Taking Bets

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    I'll put good money that she can get the penalty removed, maybe not the tow yard fees, but ticket is never happening.

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    I'll split this hand and get great odds

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    Penalty- no penalty on parking violation, excepting of course the fine and towing fees.

    Fine/Fees- she'll pay, and if she's sniffing around uhub, she'll probably tweet or instagram or whatever she uses a photograph of the invoice.

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    That was a while ago.

    The parking clerk does receive batches of tickets to be dismissed from various municipal workers of they are working on official business, but I've seen the records of most politicians paying their tickets recently.

    In case you're curious

    It came to $90 towing fee + $35 storage fee + $6 fuel charge (for cars towed over 5 miles) to tow company + $40 City of Boston ticket

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    If only there was a way to

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    If only there was a way to get from the South End to Hyde Park by mass transit...

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    Seriously?

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    Are you that thick? The city dumped tons of sand on the roads for all the snow/ice we had this winter (which I'm not sure is totally over!) and that is what they do.
    If you don't like it, why don't you sponsor a bill that tows nicely and not excessively. I’m sure it will enhance your status on the City Council.

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    Towed to Brighton

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    My car was towed from Boston to Brighton. That was insane. Frontage Road no longer has the contract. Let's get it back!!!!

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    Yeah...

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    But we all wish it wasn't.

    Hyde Park is a long way to go

    I've been forgetful a few times with South End street cleaning. When I was lucky, the car got towed to Casey's in Newmarket Square, walkable or a short bus ride. Other times, it got towed to Stadium in North Allston five miles away, an hour on public transit or a $30 cab ride to add to the insult of a $40 ticket and $70+ in towing fees, plus daily storage fees if you didn't notice your car was gone for a day or more.

    It's hard to complain when it's your own damned fault, but that tariff still stings. Now I'm grateful I never got towed to Hyde Park, an even longer, more expensive recovery trip, more like 7-8 miles. Bummer, dude.

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    It's a Hyde Park adventure!

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    I would say that South End to Hyde Park isn't easy (compared to Frontage Road), but it's not hard- Orange Line to 32 bus, and the bus stop is a stone's throw from the lot.. Moreover, you get to see part of Boston that one might not see- unless you are paying attention while on Amtrak. The big downer is that it isn't near Cleary Square, so no stopping for lunch or whatnot, but then again, once the automobile is retrieved, the municipal lot beckons.

    Besides, as a citywide councilor, she is now going citywide to get her car. For everyone else, I stick by Frontage Road being the better place to store them. The ticket and tow fees are punishment enough.

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    I'm assuming

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    It is Precision Towing, which is conveniently located next door to the BPD storage facility. I cannot think of any other tow lot in the area, so my assumption.

    I try to avoid driving through Cleary Square southbound, so going to Readville and parts south I cut through via Business Street and Reservation Road. The stop sign at Reservation Road and Hyde Park Ave is basically at the tow lot.