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Old 01-25-2012, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I suspect South Side residents are more territorial because they have to fight many area visitors for parking places.
True, but it should have been obvious that SCR was making a delivery and wouldn't be tying up "his" space for more than a couple of minutes.
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Old 01-25-2012, 08:30 AM
 
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I'm going to start putting a 'parking chair' in my driveway... just because I DO own it.
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Old 01-25-2012, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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This whole thread is a classic example of a culture clash. Typically, somebody goes to a different country where things are done a different way and suddenly he/she is wrong and mad about it when he/she has been born and raised to think his/her way of doing things is correct and the new country's way is wrong. Legality is one thing, but I highly doubt anyone could rightfully say that one or the other side of this argument is "right" or "wrong" except for those who blindly assume anything that's legal is "right" and anything that's illegal is "wrong". This is the exact same thing as somebody going to a different country and getting mad at things being done differently; only this time it's at a local level.

Face it, whichever side you're on, you're neither ultimately right nor ultimately wrong. It entirely depends on who you ask and what their life experiences have been.
I can't be swayed that this is a "gray" issue, IMO, it's pretty black and white. A public street, is just that, a public space. You can't claim that you are entitled to a parking space on a public street. Don't get me wrong, it's nice to always be able to park in front of your house and agitating when you can't, but there really is nothing you can do about it, if you can't. If someone parked in my driveway, then yes, I have every right to have that person removed, because it's my driveway. If someone parked in the spot in front of my house, so be it.

In this case, the "local norms" legally don't pass. You could make a "respect' argument, but legality can easily trump that in this case.
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Old 01-25-2012, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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I think it's pretty clear cut: public streets does not equal private parking. Others may disagree, but in the eyes of the law they are indeed wrong.
I think that guy knew he was legally in the wrong, too, because he wouldn't show me where there was a "reserved" parking sign just for his pick-up truck and proceeded to say "Don't get smart with me, boy" when I asked him to do so. It's people like that who give this city a black eye and hold back its potential to be an even greater place in which to reside. He literally stood in the middle of the street just staring daggers into me.

One thing for certain is that between last night's heated incident and the ongoing armed mugging spree in Shadyside I'm going to start carrying pepper spray.
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Wilkinsburg
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I think that guy knew he was legally in the wrong, too, because he wouldn't show me where there was a "reserved" parking sign just for his pick-up truck and proceeded to say "Don't get smart with me, boy" when I asked him to do so. It's people like that who give this city a black eye and hold back its potential to be an even greater place in which to reside. He literally stood in the middle of the street just staring daggers into me.

One thing for certain is that between last night's heated incident and the ongoing armed mugging spree in Shadyside I'm going to start carrying pepper spray.
The guy was a jerk and he probably would've been a jerk to you about almost anything -- not just parking. And the good thing about being put down by a jerk is that it has almost no weight, so I wouldn't look too far into it.

(Though that sounds like the perfect scenario for the quintessential phrase for escalating anger -- "You mad, bro?")
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:37 AM
 
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My next door neighbor reserves 3 parking spaces (his car, his wife's, & his son's) with a combination of buckets, an old tire & 2 construction cones - if I didn't already have my own parking it would get very expensive for him replacing those items daily.

On the flip side it may have helped in my new city assessment as the photo of my place used on the assessment site shows what looks like a street strewn with garbage out front
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Beauchamp
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I have a friend who lives on that block, and I can confirm that the residents do have what they consider "their" parking spaces, across the street from the houses. My friend always parks in "his" space, but there seem to be plenty of spots for someone who's quickly going in and out.

Hmmm...I wonder if it's my friend you were delivering food to. He's renovating and can't cook a thing these days.
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Old 01-25-2012, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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I have a friend who lives on that block, and I can confirm that the residents do have what they consider "their" parking spaces, across the street from the houses. My friend always parks in "his" space, but there seem to be plenty of spots for someone who's quickly going in and out.

Hmmm...I wonder if it's my friend you were delivering food to. He's renovating and can't cook a thing these days.
I delivered to a younger female, actually, so it wasn't your friend. What really irked me about the entire situation is that there was ample parking on that block at the time I parked; he parked his pick-up two spaces behind mine initially before accosting me about being in "his" space, and there were at least two more spaces in front of the vehicle in front of mine. If he was really so adamant about getting "his" space he should have just waited in his truck for two minutes until I had finished my delivery and THEN moved into the space I was parked in. I really didn't see what difference it made whether you were two spaces in front of or behind any space opposite your home. There are often times when I have to park at least a block away from my front door, but I don't complain. That's part of life in the city.
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Old 01-25-2012, 12:25 PM
 
Location: ɥbɹnqsʇʇıd
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Do dudes really almost start throwing fists over a parking space? When I had on-street parking sometimes I'd had to park 2 blocks from my apartment (even in the winter). Yeah it sucked and I would huff and puff to myself, but I wasn't going to pull an Anderson Silva on the guy who parked in front of my apartment. It's not worth it in any way, shape, or form.
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Old 01-25-2012, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Perry South, Pittsburgh, PA
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The only time the people parking on-street bothers me here is when they park across my driveway.

Mostly because the ****ing Pittsburgh Police response time for a "Help I'm trapped in my driveway and can't get in or out" is at least an hour, and when they come they won't do anything anyhow.
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