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Sign, sign, everywhere a sign... [Nov. 21st, 2006|07:16 am]
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...Except, of course, for where we were parked.
Last Saturday morning, we awoke to see that, finally, the City of Somerville was repaving Summer Street.

Thing was, the car was parked on Summer Street on Friday night. And was no longer there.

Also conspicuous in its absence? A sign warning of imminent towing on a Saturday morning.

We looked and looked. This is what we found:

Oh, wait! Here's one!

And we did find this, on the opposite side of the street. You know, the side you can't ever park on?

In the intersections, and about a block down (uphill) Summer, there were these blue barricades.

Just in case you were, you know, planning on parking in the intersection.

On further inspection, these signs informed us we were screwed:

Of course, they weren't anywhere near where anyone was actually going to park.
And they weren't there the night before, either, which is when the car was parked.

I guess Somerville needed another source of income to tide them over til it starts snowing.
Oh well...they're $95 (cash only) to the good, thanks to us.

[User Picture]From: dreamgirly19
2006-11-21 12:46 pm (UTC)
I dont wanna rain on your parade but I did see the no parking signs before saturday.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2006-11-22 12:27 pm (UTC)
Oh they've been there since October.
Of course, they never did anything about them, or tow anybody, on any other weekend.
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[User Picture]From: xuth
2006-11-21 02:16 pm (UTC)
you need to start complaining to the city or even pressing criminal charges against it (auto theft for instance).
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[User Picture]From: en_ki
2006-11-21 02:34 pm (UTC)
You went to the trouble to take all these pics but didn't contest the towing charge?
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2006-11-22 12:29 pm (UTC)
There wasn't really a way to do it. They were holding the car hostage.
I was all about contesting it, but there's no ticket, nothing really to contest. You go to the police station, they mark you down, you go to Pat's Towing and pay the man (in cash only; he gave us change from his wallet) and get your car.

You contest? You don't get your car. It's a very interesting system.
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[User Picture]From: en_ki
2006-11-22 12:37 pm (UTC)
Hm. Guess you'd have to sue them, or something. Sucks.
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[User Picture]From: karmen
2006-11-21 10:35 pm (UTC)
urgh, that sucks. And the smell - double urgh!
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2006-11-22 12:31 pm (UTC)
Actually I was surprised. It wasn't that bad, the smell.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2006-11-22 12:34 am (UTC)
Not to defend them, because that signage is spectacularly lame, but they've been auto-calling nearly every day with updates regarding which streets will be paved when & that it means cars parked there will be towed.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2006-11-22 12:30 pm (UTC)
They haven't been auto-calling me. I have my cellphone with me constantly and I've never gotten a call (I don't have a home phone).
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[User Picture]From: elements
2006-11-22 02:45 am (UTC)
With recent incidents like this (inadequate warning of paving leading to towing) on Kidder and Willow, this has definitely become an unacceptable pattern.

When it happened on Willow, my roommate wrote to Rebekah Gewirtz. I imagine it would give her more ammo in trying to get anywhere on the issue if you wrote her as well, esp. if you can send the pics too (or just link her to your post).
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2006-11-22 12:31 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I may just try that. Thanks.
Does she have an email address that you know of? I'll look for it tonight, but I just thought I'd ask.
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