It's true. In residential neighborhoods near and far our beloved parking signs have been overrun. They have been grabbed, bagged and gagged. Humiliated even. But please, let's not lose ourselves in the heat of the moment.
Sure, parking in NYC is getting harder and rarer by the minute. We pay our high prices, tolls, fees, taxes, insurance, maintenance, congestion rates and generally hold up our part of the economic bargain, only to learn that deal has been taken off the table. The Great Parking Squeeze is upon us. Parking spaces are gobbled up by the big brains of the DOT like snack pellets in a Pac-Man game.
- Former parking spaces usurped by bicycles fit only for the death-defying and athletic among us
- Higher meter rates
- Car share spaces encroaching more and more on your block and mine... but the cars are never available on holidays or weekends, are they?
- Increased regulations and restrictions openly calculated to suppress car ownership
It is alarming and may even seem, to some, to be un-American, but that is no excuse for violence or insurrection. We are, after all, all in this together.
The pictures you are about to see may be disturbing to some viewers, but I think we need to see where our frustrations have led us if only to learn just how far is too far.
|Bound and taped (just doing its job)
|Blacked and bruised (family can't identify)
|Innocent bystander, mistaken for DOT maintenance, booted.
|Doesn't even work. Good luck beating this ticket!
Is this who we are now? Sure, we're in the under appreciated minority and should never tolerate a DOT fiat, but unrestrained violence hurts us all. For the common good, shouldn't we learn to control our worst impulses (and protect the innocent) no matter how justified?