Nick Mantel sends us this photo of his Infinity parked on the 200 block of Guilford Ave. on July 15. ‚ÄúLook at this picture,‚ÄĚ he says in an email, ‚Äúand explain to me how parking in this spot on a Sunday morning could possibly warrant me receiving a $77 ticket.‚ÄĚ
For the record, the sign there says there’s no stopping in the area before the sign, and no stopping in the area after the sign–where Mantel’s car sits–from 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. on weekdays. An urban citizen’s spot.
Nick is a citizen. Pays his taxes, no criminal record, just a couple of speed camera tickets from last year, paid off. He thinks city leaders target people like him during hard economic times. ‚ÄúThe markings of the spot are deceptive, and I believe that the city does this purposely in order to maximize its revenue from people who don’t have the time to go to court and fight,‚ÄĚ Mantel writes. ‚ÄúThis is wrong, and should be highlighted by news organizations like yours and stopped.‚ÄĚ
According to Mantel, his ticket was for parking in a ‚ÄúTransit Zone.‚ÄĚ He says there is such a zone about 50 feet ahead of his car as pictured‚ÄĒpast the garage opening. He says the city told him that zone ‚Äúoverrides‚ÄĚ the sign that would seem to allow anyone to occupy the space in question on weekends or during other non-prohibited hours.
Dubious logic on the city‚Äôs part, at best.
But a conspiracy? That would suggest forethought and strategy, instead of the usual government incompetence. We checked the 14,330 tickets issued for ‚ÄúTransit Zone‚ÄĚ and found, yes, 18 issued on that block since 2009, 13 of which were issued on Saturdays or Sundays. Of the four tickets issued during the past half year, two were issued on Sundays and one on a Saturday. Whether that makes the 200 block of Guilford some kind of parking trap is up to your personal interpretation.
Know of any other absurd or misleading ‚Äúno parking‚ÄĚ zones around town? Send ‚Äėem: email@example.com.