Saturday, September 21, 2013

SF to visitor: Thanks for dropping by, chump


A letter to the editor in the September 18 SF Chronicle:

Parking Sorrow

As a fourth-generation Californian, I thought I was fairly familiar with traffic problems in San Francisco.

Recently I stayed in the city to care for my daughter who was not feeling well. She lives in the Marina District, not far from where my grandmother and her family lived since before the turn of the century.

I spent more time checking to see which days I could park on which streets than I did caring for her. My whole time there was spent watching the clock so I could move my car.

I did get one ticket, which I paid promptly, but I certainly didn't feel welcomed in this city that I have always loved.

Kathleen Ferrando
Petaluma

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7 Comments:

At 5:27 PM, Anonymous Jesse said...

Apparently she never heard of these new fangled contraptions calls parking garages and there's 5 in the area and they're underutilized.

Nice piece of anecdotal evidence there of a problem. I'm sure you'll be lenient when it comes to people with transit or bike hardships.

 
At 9:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a sad story. How can the SF bike fanatics sleep at night after hearing about this story? If only there was a parking garage in the Marina where she could have parked her car, then she could have kept it there, knowing it was safe, secure, not ticketable or towable, and she could have taken care of her sick daughter.

Google map for "parking garage in the Marina":

http://goo.gl/maps/aTvNC

 
At 10:45 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Your link takes us to a site so cryptic I can't figure out what it's selling. Thanks for sharing some high-tech bullshit.

Which raises the question of technology and parking. The city seems to falsely assume that motorists all have electronic devices to guide them around the city and to find parking spaces. If you're not a young groovy and a technophile, tough shit: Here's your ticket, chump.

 
At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Google Maps is cryptic? Ok.

 
At 4:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The city seems to falsely assume that motorists all have electronic devices to guide them around the city and to find parking spaces."

Look for the P signs as you drive around the cit (hint: what might "P" stand for?)

 
At 8:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you're not a young groovy and a technophile, tough shit: Here's your ticket, chump.

The world has pretty much always worked this way, chump. Smart people do better than dumb people. Except in Obama's socialist utopia where people who can figure out how to park their car have to subsidize the shitheads who can't.

 
At 11:12 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

"Socialism" in San Francisco includes a predatory City Hall that preys on unwary motorists who have the misfortune to visit the city.

 

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