A man who might not be able to renew his car registration in October because of fines he's being assessed for parking at the Campello station sued the MBTA, LAZ and the collection agency the T is using this week, charging he and many other riders are being unfairly charged penalties even though they actually made the daily payment for parking.
In his suit, filed... Read more
The City Council today voted to ban a phone app that lets users notify other users of impending open parking spaces in Boston - and to back it up with fines of up to $250 per instance.
City Councilor Frank Baker (Dorchester), who proposed the ordinance, admitted that he doesn't understand "all apps," but he understands this one just fine. "They were trying to buy... Read more
The Boston Business Journal reports the city council could try to ban Haystack, an app that lets users alert others about parking spaces they're leaving. Haystack's tyro of a CEO direly warns that if the council does this, it is consigning Boston to become a provincial backwater of Luddite mistanthropes melancholically wallowing in the past, or words to that effect.
The council replies nobody's... Read more
Clinton Blackburn doesn't follow the Red Sox and he's not much of a fan of the signs that Brookline's put up on certain streets about how people have to pay more for parking on game nights, such as the one on which he got a ticket while just trying to get some Chengdu dry hot chicken at Sichuan Gourmet:
â€śRed Sox parking availableâ€ť doesnâ€™t... Read more
Mayor Walsh says he loves him some apps, but not one that alerts people to the nearest metered parking spaces - and let's them alert other users that they're about to leave. In a statement today, the mayor says the city will fight Haystack, which recently launched in Boston
In a statement, he says:
At this time, we are not engaged with Haystack in... Read more
A concerned singer writes:
Always personalize your parking tickets. Thanks, Boston! pic.twitter.com/LYeROMgQRj
â€” Neko Case (@NekoCase) May 5, 2014
The city replies:
Erikk Hokenson shows us the scene at I and Marine this morning.
Alex Hubbard reminds us you can always tell the onset of spring in the Fenway when tow trucks arrive en masse to grab cars parked along the day's street-sweeping routes.
Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) says the city could boost revenue and free up downtown parking spaces by rolling out meters that accept payments via smartphones.
Jackson says the increased revenue would come by ending the current practice of people getting lucky and zipping into spaces that have time left on the meter - under a smartphone system, a meter would reset every time somebody new... Read more
SouthieNEC noticed this angry note on a car parked on Gates Street tonight.
Capt. John Greland at C-6 in South Boston tweets somebody got angry enough about finding somebody in "his" space on E. 6 Street near P Street yesterday, he vandalized the car.
Only he didn't stop there. To make sure the car owner realized why the entire driver's side of the car was now dented and scratched, he left a note on the windshield informing... Read more
A concerned citizen complains about this propane space saver on E. 4 Street:
New definition of "don't mess with my space". Rather dangerous!
Blythe the roving UHub photographer marvels at the Hawaiian Punch bottle being used to save a (completely unplowed) space in her neck of the East Boston woods today. Throw in some frozen Snickers bars and you've got a party.
Penny Cherubino does some research and finds several other big cities do and wonders:
Would you get rid of one or more cars if you had to pay for a resident parking permit?
Would year-round street sweeping, that would allow public works to clear snow to the curb on street sweeping days, be a good idea?... Read more
So it has come to this in Jamaica Plain: A fed-up citizen complains about Weld Hill Street:
In addition to the gazillion space savers that are all along Weld Hill, at 14 Weld Hill there is a small blue car used to save at least 2 spots during the day, then moved to a driveway. there is no parking on the street because of... Read more
In response to a complaint about an SUV with New Hampshire plates that is basically perma-parked on W. 7 Street, the Boston Transportation Department reports:
This vehicle has been ticketed 15 times in the past 3 1/2 months. Will continue to ticket as it is observed.