Can We Fix Parking in Riverdale, Beaches, Danforth Village, Leslieville?
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."—Margaret Mead
If you live in East End Toronto and own a car, you've had challenges with Toronto Parking Bylaws. For some of us, it's finding street parking in the same postal code as our home, after midnite, in a rainstorm. For others, it's getting a $30 ticket when out of town family comes for a visit.
I applaud Councillor Paula Fletcher (Toronto-Danforth) who recently wrote a letter to Public Works, asking them to consider two additional tiers of temporary parking permits that she calls the 'overnighter' and the 'weekender'. Right now your only choice is to buy a week-long pass for $21 or risk a $30 parking ticket.
That's a great idea - but why stop there?
- J. D. commented on an article in the Toronto Sun "Just put meters on school properties. On weekends or overnights. When the staff is not there. This allows the school board to raise some funds and at the same time creating some parking spots. Mainly in the summer." Simple enough, right?
- What about dispensing 'overnight' permits from the parking ticket vending machines? It would raise money and possibly cut down on drunk-driving.
- And while I'm on a rant, why not re-align the placement of fire hydrants by a foot or two, and create a hundred new on-street parking spaces in every community. When the City replaced the watermains on our block they relocated the fire hydrant by a few feet and permanently killed 2 legal parking spots!
Yes, your input can make a difference!
Don't discount your ability to change your own community when it comes to Toronto parking bylaws. You may have a carefully thought out viewpoint that permanently changes the way city planners look at transportation. Or it may just be the seed of an idea that offers your neighbours some short term relief during summer street festivals. Whatever it is - put it out there!
Yes, you really should leave a comment!
This blog may not have the readership of your local school newsletter, (yet) but it is a place where you can offer a solution (anonymously if you prefer) to a problem in your own community. I invite you to post your thoughts. After all, you should "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."—Margaret Mead