North End resident, Mary O., was caught in the parade parking restrictions on Patriot’s Day and has some suggestions for the signage and car towing process during special events.
With the parade, Hanover Street had “No parking Monday” posted. Typically, when there have been special events during the day, and signs don’t list a time, a car would be safe provided it was moved early. Well, apparently, no more.
After arriving home Easter Sunday to a neighborhood packed with runners, folks left over from the Bruins game and valets boxing out spots, I managed to squeeze in to a spot on Hanover. Well, Monday morning at. 6am when we went to move the car, it was already towed and Hanover cleared. I am sure many more residents were also towed.
Yeah yeah yeah- the signs say all day. I won’t make that mistake again, but going forward, residents should demand shorter restriction hours.
Consider, the time of the actual special events scheduled (10am on Monday), and their frequency in the neighborhood. It is unreasonable for the city to restrict parking as of 12:01 am for events that are many many hours later. The street sweepers didn’t arrive until well after 7, so no, it wasn’t necessary to clear the streets so early. And when the parade is done, some signs are left littering lampposts. Can we still not park then?
Consider also, that for feasts, signs generally don’t have times on them, so when the sign says no parking Thursday to Sunday, for residents, that really also means Wednesday overnight, despite prep not beginning til mid to late morning Thursdays.
The city didn’t tow right at midnight. Parking officials/ police were considerate of diners and waited til the restaurants closed and valets gave customers their cars back. I think residents should have been given the same consideration instead of a $94 tow and $75 ticket.
I was very annoyed, at the city and myself (and that my car seat was in the towed car). I think my main issue is this – with a shortened time restrictions for these events, and better info, everyone would be better off. The police don’t really want to ticket, and residents don’t want to get towed. If the rule were 5am, fine. We just need to know, and the signs should post that.
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