by Borderstan.com October 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm 1,459 1 Comment

Borderstan, urban parking etiquette

A plethora of thoughtless parking pigs: Can you spot the problems? (Luis Gomez Photos)

Are you a parking pig? Do you park indiscriminately… without a care in the world… no thought given to your neighbors? Consider the following scenario.

It’s 9:30 pm. You’re driving home from a trip to a friend’s house in the suburbs. You slow down as you reach the block in front of your building, looking for a spot to park.

Then you see it: a car parked about 10 feet forward from the end of the legally marked parking zone. Moreover, the driver has left about seven feet between his car and the one in front. What should be room for three or more cars of most any size is now home to two cars. All the driver had to do was park the car at the very end of the legal spaces, leaving room in front for another car.

Cue the cursing.

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by Borderstan.com August 2, 2011 at 10:55 am 5,824 15 Comments

Borderstan, urban parking etiquette

A plethora of thoughtless parking pigs: Can you spot the problems? If not, you are probably a rude and problematic urban parker. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Editor’s note: Welcome to the first edition of Urban Etiquette. Every other week the Borderstan Team will be writing about some common-sense rules of etiquette with an urban twist. Why? We live in a densely populated area of a big city, which makes treating others with basic respect and thoughtfulness even more important. We welcome your ideas for future columns.

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Are you a parking pig? Do you park indiscriminately… without a care in the world… no thought given to your neighbors? Consider the following scenario.

It’s 9:30 pm. You’re driving home from a trip to a friend’s house in the suburbs. You slow down as you reach the block in front of your building, looking for a spot to park.

Then you see it: a car parked about 10 feet forward from the end of the legally marked parking zone. Moreover, the driver has left about seven feet between his car and the one in front. What should be room for three or more cars of most any size is now home to two cars. All the driver had to do was park the car at the very end of the legal spaces, leaving room in front for another car.

Cue the cursing.

(more…)

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