“Pickpockets” in Eastwood

It’s funny, when you’re out searching for cars to ticket in Eastwood, it’s really hard to tell which cars belong to writers and bloggers and which belong to people who will put up and shut up. Well, this is the second time the parking folks have goofed and issued tickets affecting those of us who won’t shut up.

In the past couple of months, two people were unjustly ticketed right next to my house. The first ticket was for parking on the grass. But there isn’t grass where people park there, just the gravel that’s been deposited from the road that’s disintegrating from the drainage problems. And how’s a guy from Ithaca supposed to know that parking one foot onto the gravel is an offense in this city? There are no signs that indicate it. Oh well, he’s gone now. A talented guitarist who was helping us, Puente Flamenco, to create jobs in downtown Syracuse by bringing in customers to Laci’s Tapas Bar, he’s given up on the trip all the way up here just to be treated unfairly. One more creative young person gone from view.

The second ticket was for an alternate-parking violation, except that there is no alternate parking on the street the “violator” was parked on!  Why the parking person couldn’t look up and down the street and notice that there are no alternate-parking signs is beyond me. But now my neighbor is forced to go through the process of appealing a ludicrous ticket. By law. We checked. By law, there is no other option for him. God Herself can’t get him out of having to go through the appeal process. Oh, this is also a young person… with a great career building… with options in more promising and certainly warmer cities…

The second goof?  Ticketing a journalist. You know, the kind of people who pay attention to what’s going on and writing about it. It was Ami Olson, editor of The Eagle, who wrote this article:

The pickpockets in Eastwood aren’t who you think

Thanks, Ami, for being a good neighbor and a great writer!

Now Syracuse has got to work smarter and be better than those cities stealing our kids. For greater insight into how one of those kid-stealing cities is tackling the disparities in parking needs in various neighborhoods, check out what the folks in San Francisco have done.

For updates on the parking situation on James Street, visit the Eastwood Renaissance Association’s website.

3 thoughts on ““Pickpockets” in Eastwood”

  1. Very well said! When cities aren’t doing well, the temptation always seems to be to increase things like parking fines as a revenue source. It’s certainly easy – no creativity or imagination required. So lame and short-sighted, though. Along with being extremely annoying, it’s actually embarrassing to see this kind of foolishness.

    And reading that, some people would say, why don’t you leave then? And in fact, many people do, so that’s more tax revenue out the door, and general shrinkage.

  2. A little birdie whispered in my ear that the city’s ticketer in Eastwood needs to issue about 40 tickets daily, an “unofficial” quota. After everyone stopped parking on the street they had to start “hunting” for tiny violations to make their quota. Even the ticketers seem to stress about being unable to make this “unofficial” quota.

  3. Scott, that doesn’t surprise me, given the tiny and groundless violations that have been indicated on tickets outside my house. But in the interests of truth in journalism (I dare call this blog journalism?), what you’re saying is technically hearsay unless you can reveal the source. And if someone’s trying to protect their job, we probably don’t have a good chance of seeing that. I wonder if anyone can definitely refute it.

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