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January 24, 2019



I’m no longer surprised at what passes for “design” that city y’all approves.

In that same Safeway parking lot, under the awning, are laughably poorly placed bike parking racks. They’re too close to the wall and the railing and impossible to get to. Check it out:

Focus is on following minimums and checking a box. Never mind that it doesn’t make sense. It looks good on a 2D piece of paper so it must be on. It’s design by paper, but not common sense or from a user perspective. How many car spaces? Oh we have 200, don’t worry that half of it is not accessible or usable by regular vehicles. Bike parking? We have 8 (but only 4 are really usable, but hey 8)

 It Don't Come Easy

If a SUV parks in a compact space then they accept by their action, all dings, dents, and nasty notes which will undoubtedly follow!


Wonder if they draw lines towards the back of the space designating compact car length and if your car extends beyond this line you get ticketed or towed. Cool idea? Easy to implement?

Sign me up

Sheer brilliance, Caridea. We should get out there with some spray paint tomorrow. I love it.


Here is an entry in the Stupid Judges file regarding parking enforcement:

The next time parking enforcement officers use chalk to mark your tires, they might be acting unconstitutionally.

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that "chalking" is a violation of the Fourth Amendment.

"Trespassing upon a privately-owned vehicle parked on a public street to place a chalk mark to begin gathering information to ultimately impose a government sanction is unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment," Taylor's lawyer, Philip Ellison, wrote in a court filing.

Law professor Orin Kerr, noting that he had never seen a chalking case before, said parking enforcement officers could sidestep the constitutional issue altogether by simply taking a photo of the car rather than using chalk.
That last bit might be an entry for the Stupid Law Professor file. Who is going to pay for 100s of photos to be filed and retrievable and how is that not a much more invasive "search"?? Just plain stupid all around. We spent a lot of effort to get 2 hour parking on our street since it is so close to the Ave. How is the city supposed to enforce it cost effectively?

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