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Man, I'm not a fan of this weather. I had been thinking of having people over for drinks on the porch, but it's too cold and rainy for those sorts of shenanigans.

So Somerville is changing their parking, making all streets resident only, and pushing the meters to 10pm.

So the Nightmare On Elm Street remake is casting for a "tasteful" topless pool party scene. Ladies, line forms to the left!

The Houston Press 16 albums based on literature. I did not expect to see Bad Religion on there! I think it's kind of a stretch to call The Empire Strikes First that based on any piece of literature. There are a couple of Orwell quotes in the liner notes, but that's more because they work with the overall theme of the album.

Tunes: Bad Religion - The Empire Strikes First

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pseudoboy From: pseudoboy Date: May 29th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Go Somerville! No sarcasm here - cities gotta make up for their budget shortfalls somehow! Maybe I'll get a job as a late night parking meter attendant!
cranbonite From: cranbonite Date: May 29th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
But they're royally dicking over local businesses in the process.
pseudoboy From: pseudoboy Date: May 29th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I guess this will be it's own little economics lesson. Cost/benefit analysis FTW!
cranbonite From: cranbonite Date: May 29th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm actually talking about the "making all streets permit parking," not the raising of the meter prices. I really don't care much about that, since Cambridge doubled their meter prices a couple months ago, too (and in plenty of places in Somerville it's already $1/hour, like my Davis Sq. veterinarian). It's not about making parking more expensive - it's about making it damn near inaccessible on so many streets, so many areas, especially the places poorly served by the T (which is sooo much of Somerville)...
pseudoboy From: pseudoboy Date: May 29th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm confused. I thought they're just changing the "2 hour parking" that's open to anyone to "resident only" parking, right?
cranbonite From: cranbonite Date: May 29th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, they're changing *all* the streets to resident only parking. The streets that have the "2 hour parking" and those that have meters will stay the same (but outside the 2 hour window and the meter time, only those with permits can park). But there are plenty of streets and sections of streets that are free-for-all, essentially, and those will be made permit-only.
legalizemeth From: legalizemeth Date: May 30th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a bummer. I'm happy I don't live in Somerville anymore. When I did, the parking enforcement was always the strictest of anywhere I'd lived. I'd much rather pay more taxes every year (or perhaps a higher car registration fee, so as not to cost non-drivers) than live in fear of the parking bureaucracy. If the city needs money, fine, but get it in a way that's not overtly adversarial.

If the city really has data that more aggressive parking enforcement makes more spots available and leads to more money for businesses, that's great, but I'd like to see it. Knowing Somerville, the city probably commissioned the study with that finding in mind.

I'm much more sympathetic to the argument made by the Somerville Theater folks (on the Davis LJ page, linked from the wickedlocal article): that the new regulations will make it much harder to see a movie in Davis without getting a ticket, which will hurt business.
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