Tuesday, October 9, 2007

New York could ease alternate side parking for clean streets

Living in New York is great. Trash is picked up three times a week, there's curbside recycling, and you can get pretty much anywhere you need to go by train, bus, or foot.

But if you've got a car, things are a bit different. Since I work from home most days, my car doesn't really go anywhere. But I have to move it across the street four times a week because of New York City's alternate side parking rules.

Basically, the city cleans one side of the street on Monday and Thursday mornings and the other side on Tuesdays and Fridays. It's nice that the city wants to keep the streets looking tip top, but four cleanings a week seems to suggest that there's slime oozing down the streets and that it needs to be regularly cleaned up before it gets out of hand. I just looked out the window and guess what? No slime.

Anyway, it looks like the city sanitation department might be willing to cut back on its street cleanings, which would let us leave cars parked in one place a bit longer. The AP reports that one Brooklyn neighborhood received a break because its streets were clean 90% of the time when inspectors came out to look at them. The sanitation department says it would be open to reviewing other streets and neighborhoods. But like everything in New York, the process could be a long one. Odds are I'll get frustrated and sell my barely-used car long before any change comes to our neighborhood. But it's nice to see some light on the horizon.

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