Why do people insist on parking on the street? It does nothing but clutter the roads. I am in McKenzie Towne and the bylaw states that home owners are to have 2 parking spots at the back. Yet if you walk through the alley at least half of the spots behind the houses are empty and they have their cars out front. Or better yet I've seen some people put a garage out back and still park out front. There are several residential roads in my area that two cars can not drive through simultaneously because of cars parked on both sides. So it becomes a tedious process to get down some of the roads because I'll have to pull over to the curb, if there is nobody parked there, or very close to a parked car, so someone else can squeeze through, and then it's my turn. Anyone else having this problem in their neighborhood?
Edit: It also makes it difficult when you get to an intersection because generally you can't see if cars are coming.
Boo hoo, at least you don't have people who live in other neighborhoods (like Mackenzie Town) park in front of your house illegally so they can walk to downtown because they know they will only get a small ticket once every month.
The way to get rid of them is call the parkin authority at about 11am about them, before that take a white piece of chalk and mark their tires.
My street parking pet peeve is when my neighbours park in front of my house instead of their own - when there is plenty of open space in front of their house. One of my neighbours consistently parked with one wheel on my grass until I went postal on her.
I live in Mactown and I take the spot in front of my house cause it is closer to my door then the back park pad (I'm lazy) and there is really no law against it. Also a neighbour two doors down has five cars and only puts one in his garage, so I take the spot in front of my house when I can so he won't steal it (cause he has left he car in front of my house for long peroids of time). I also park there so my guest at least have a parking spot in the back because there is no parking in the evening
Maybe people aren't parking in the back because the alley isn't paved and they don't want their cars dirty or stuck...
Then again, it's probably closer to the other reason Tiger cited... To keep 5 cars owners from taking up the whole street.
I used to live 3 doors down from a guy that had 4 vehicles. These things weren't small either. Two extended vans, a long box truck and a frickin stationwagon.
Between this guy and my other neighbour with the RMS Titanic (wait, maybe it was a late 70's Lincoln), there was rarely a parking spot near my door.
What can you do except to try to park in front of your own house just to assert yourself?
Most annoying thing about parking in places like mactown (elgin way is a bitch) is that you have a faux sense of ownership for the front of your house that inevitably gets no respect from one a$$hat in the neighbourhood.
Really, it's understandable that on a friday or saturday night one of your neighbours has a shindig and you get stiffed for a spot, but every day makes a guy want to park on the perp's lawn just to say '**** you'.
At least in higher density neighbourhoods it's an accepted fact that there's not enough room in front of the building for all 20something cars for that building and therefore it's a free-for-all.
The people in the neighbourhoods that deliberately park in front of a neighbour's house, or even worse are the ****ers that deliberately take up two spots so that wifey can call 5 min before getting home and she has a spot (in front of YOUR house) are the ones that are asking for dis-inflated tires.