There have been a couple of stories in the local news recently about residents of neighbourhoods in and around downtown having issues with the availability of on-street parking in their neighbourhoods. The problem arises when those who don’t live in the neighborhood choose to park there, maybe to visit a business on a nearby street, in other cases to avoid paying higher parking costs closer to downtown, leaving fewer spots behind for the people who actually live in the neighborhood.
I’m not completely unsympathetic to the concerns of the local resident in this case, but my general response to any story like this is always along the lines of “you don’t own the street in front of your house, so it is what it is.” Like it or not, roads are public property. That you live on a particular street doesn’t give you any more right to park in that spot than me. Parking a block away from you home may not be the most convenient option but it’s something that, for the vast majority of people, isn’t exactly the end of the world either. Continue reading