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City to Fort Point: You're part of South Boston and that's that

Fort Point Blog reports BTD is working to increase the number of resident-only parking spaces in the neighborhood, but has rejected local requests to start issuing Fort Point resident stickers, rather than continuing to give residents South Boston stickers:

Their position is that South Boston is one neighborhood and will not be separated.

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If residents of Fort Point continue to get South Boston parking permits, then they get access to resident-only parking in a much larger area. That ought to be viewed as a good thing!

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If residents of South Boston continue to get permits that work in Fort Point, then they get access to parking that Fort Point residents need and might use it as a way to quickly access the rest of the city for the whole day. That ought to be viewed as a bad thing.

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I have a coworker who lives on W 4th but still insists on driving up to Fort Point each day for work downtown (god forbid he ride public transportation ). So he just looks at it as a free parking lot not too far from downtown and not a neighborhood where people actually live/eat/shop.

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I know people who do the same. Also people from further-out Dorchester areas who use their permit to drive to work/T in Fields Corner or Ashmont. When I lived near Cleveland Circle, I used to use the Allston/Brighton permit to park near shops in Allston Village.

They really should issue them to SMALLER subneighborhoods. Give each permit area a name. Fields Corner, Ashmont, Allston Village, Cleveland Circle etc. Smaller ones like Mission Hill can stay as is.

Oh, and wassup with issuing resident permits to any resident, even if said resident doesn't live anywhere near a resident permit area? I know people in non-resident-permit parts of Dorchester who have them so they can park at the T stations.

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South Boston could have one for Fort Point, City Point, the Lower End, West Broadway, Andrew Square, the Waterfront, every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area. Checkpoints go up at fifteen miles. Your fugitive's name is Commissioner Tom Tinlin. Go get him!

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where is this village?

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...that none of us actually CALL this neighborhood Allston Village, right?

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Eh, I don't object to the term. As newly created neighborhood names go, it's leaps and bounds more preferable than SoWa or Ladder District.

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i hear the villagers are a bunch of fuckin weirdos.

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A village of vomit? Allston Vomit Village? If you hang out on Harvard Ave are you one of the Village People? Saturday night and there's frequent spillage in the Village... this could go on all day -- thank Vishnu I have to work.

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Brighton Ave, part of North Beacon, some of the side streets, etc.

On the website, there's a lovely nausea-inducing virtual drive through the streets included in the main streets program.

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...but if that piece of Allston needs a neigborhoody designator word for something like, say, parking permits, then that seems like a reasonable one to choose, given that it's already being used by a City of Boston program, there are signs there that say Allston Village, etc.

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its called the ave. you folks from oregon can call it whatever you like.

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Why would anyone who lives in Fort Point want to go to south boston? The residents of Fort Point are saying they don't want that, and that people from South Boston are taking up spaces in Fort Point to commute downtown. Of course, that would mean Menino standing up to the power politicos in Southie, which he seems incapable of.

In Somerville (roughly the size of some of Bostons neighborhoods), you can't park anywhere in Somerville with a permit, just near your house, since that is the point of parking permits. I know Menino is a few decades behind Somerville's mayor, but he would do well to see the things Curatone has done to improve life in Somerville.

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Agreed!!!

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That's only true for temporary visitor's permits. If you have a resident permit, it's good anywhere in Somerville.

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as are Cambridge's, for that matter. You are wrong.

As for why a Fort Point resident might want to go to the rest of Southie -- how about grocery shopping, and the beach?

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They're for parking your car at your, um, residence. For work or leisure or errands, you're expected to wait for a spot, pay for a spot, walk, take the T, or have your butler go instead.

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It is a terrible thing to not have any option to park near your home. If you lived in Fort Point, you would feel that pain! Every day all of our resident spots are taken by people who are just commuters. Most people in Fort Point work from home and are forced to not leave the house/run errands from around 7am-5pm. Something needs to be changed. I live in Fort Point and work elsewhere...if I ever have to come home early due to an illness, problem at home, etc., it is literally impossible to find a parking spot. The only option is to wait in line for at least an hour to get a spot in the open USPS lot. The city needs to recognize the struggle all Fort Point residents experience every day. Resident Permits don't help us if they are for ALL of South Boston.

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a 1/4 mile away from both Broadway and South Station and you are within walking distance of downtown. Can't you run your errands like most people in the City? And since most of the area is now unregulated won't this make things better? Am I missing something? Instead of waiting for an HOUR to get into the USPS lot, wouldn't it make more sense to drive into that dreaded South Boston neighborhood and use your sticker?

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I believe there is a square for that on a monopoly board.

Otherwise, you can pay for a lot space, not have a car, or park where you can when you can using a public resource made available to you for vastly less than the cost of providing it.

Much of the city was built before this "private car" concept was around. If you are going to live in places not designed for everybody to have their very own piece of heavy equipment and not pay for private solutions, this is going to have to be considered a trade-off in your standard of living ledger.

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I am not sure where I am supposed to drive to in Southie exactly. I don't work there and I take public transportation when I run errands. But my lifestyle doesn't matter. The point of resident sticker's isn't to allow for commuters to have free parking it is for RESIDENTS to park their car near their house. Fort Point is so detached from the rest of Southie that it is insane to think we Fort Point residents would park there.

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About four years ago South End resident parking signs popped up in what most folks call Lower Roxbury. For years there were Roxbury resident parking signs but the new folks in the neighborhood wanted SE signs. I wonder what would have happened if folks wanted to expand the Roxbury signs across Mass Ave. into the SE?

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Commentary on the unification of ireland?

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A requirement for graduating from college should be the ability to parallel park.

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