The Town of Brookline’s parking restrictions are ridiculous. So much so, that its own law enforcement can’t keep up with the regulations. I pay $300 every quarter to park my car in a designated lot, “Lot 1,” which runs along the C-Line on Beacon Street. Despite my timely and sufficient funding of this space, between Washington Square and Coolidge Corner, I have received two parking tickets in said spot within the window which I am allowed to park—8 p.m. to 9 a.m. on weekdays and Saturday, all day Sunday.
Now I don’t really know whom to blame for this obvious incompetency. Is it the police officer who is ignorant of his own jurisdiction’s parking policies? Just this morning I caught one such Johnny Law issuing me an undeserved ticket. He claimed he couldn’t decipher the mysterious markings of my parking permit firmly fastened to the inside of the car’s back window, which clearly read “Overnight Parking” and “Lot 1”. Is it the town’s transporation department, who can’t seem to keep law enforcement abreast of developments within the intricate inner workings of its complex parking legislation? Is it the woman at the parking office in the Brookline Police Department, with whom I’ve spoken twice now on the phone (I’m assuming it’s been the same woman both times, unless there are two females who speak in the very same tone and cadence of broken English) who insists that I must leave my spot by 8 a.m. every morning, despite the fact that a sign in front of every designated space clearly displays “9 a.m.”?
Frankly, I just don’t know. Fortunately, the Town of Brookline Department of Transportation has a Twitter account…
— Mike Del Rosso (@DelODell) January 10, 2013