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Old 01-03-2010, 04:41 PM
 
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Hi everyone! I'm about to sign a lease on an apartment in the Park Ave/Colby area of the city and I have a few small concerns. How much of a problem is parking in this area? I don't mind having to park a couple blocks away or anything like that, but I don't want a bunch of parking tickets. Is it fairly easy to follow the parking rules on Park Ave? As I said, I don't mind having to walk a few blocks homes but I don't want to have to worry about tickets too much.

Also if anyone has extra information or advice about this area it would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks
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Old 01-03-2010, 05:16 PM
 
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I used to live in that neighborhood and it's not that confusing. The times are 7pm - 6pm, I believe, and you have to move your car one side or the other - Mon, Wed, Fri on one side, Tues Thurs Sat on the other side, and as long as you remember to move your car before 7 pm you should be all set. That's the general gist of it. Um.....yeah...... I guess it is a little confusing.....
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Old 01-04-2010, 07:48 AM
 
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The parking situation in the Park Ave area is obnoxious... and you're pretty well guaranteed to get parking tickets. The meter maids... or whatever name (read: curse word) you identify them by are like vultures, they wait for the moment the alternate parking switches (so right at 7pm and 6pm) and start writing tickets out like their lives depended on it. You may want to reconsider how far you're willing to walk to get to your car in the winter, depending on where you're coming from I suppose. The weather is currently about 10 degrees Fahrenheit (not including wind chill) with about a foot of snow on the ground.

It's another scam perpetuated by the city to produce income, not for any sense of public safety or maintenance. Same deal as the red light cameras that are getting put in... they're only there to generate additional income for a city that has no idea how to budget properly.

Edit: Not that I blame Duffy so much, the budgeting situation has existed for longer than he's been in office. Actually, he seems to have been doing a great job in office, along with Jean-Claude Brizard to help reform the city. Stopping the Renaissance Square project was one of the smartest decisions this city has ever made.

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Old 01-04-2010, 04:05 PM
 
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Ask your landlord if they have any other properties in the area that have off street parking for rent.
If they have a building with a vacant space they may rent it to you for as little as $25 per month.
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Old 01-04-2010, 07:55 PM
 
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Hi everyone! I'm about to sign a lease on an apartment in the Park Ave/Colby area of the city and I have a few small concerns. How much of a problem is parking in this area? I don't mind having to park a couple blocks away or anything like that, but I don't want a bunch of parking tickets. Is it fairly easy to follow the parking rules on Park Ave? As I said, I don't mind having to walk a few blocks homes but I don't want to have to worry about tickets too much.

Also if anyone has extra information or advice about this area it would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks
If your street has alternate parking, you'll have to remember to shift your car a couple of times a week. Not sure about Colby St, but I think Harvard does (and you may end up parking over there from time to time). If you're the forgetful type, this might result in a lot of parking tickets. Just read the signs carefully when you first move in and maybe set up an alarm on your cell phone to remind yourself.

When I lived on a street with alternate parking, everyone on the block knew whose car belonged to who and would remind each other if they could. My downstairs neighbors saved me from a lot of parking tickets just by ringing the doorbell. Good luck.
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