" I leave my car parked on the street for weeks on end because my garage is full of stuff"
Packrats are the lowest of the low. Be a good neighbor and clean up your garage so you can clean up your car!
I, Anon's spouse is the one who takes care of the RPZ stickers.
Seriously, the City could be making beaucoup bucks targeting residential neighborhoods for parking violators; not just the 72 hour parking limit, but cars parked facing the wrong way, cars parked in marked "no parking" zones, cars blocking sidewalks or pedestrian crossings, cars too close to driveways, etc., etc. But, homeowners would scream bloody murder at this "egregious misuse of taxpayer funds" or whatever euphemistic rationalization they concoct for their (mostly) white, privileged, regular engagement in these illegal activities.
Because, as our resident cohort of right-wing trolls and pseudo-liberal NIMBY's love to constantly remind everyone: nothing short of outright murder should really be illegal if you pay property taxes...
Did Hannah write this I, Anonymous?
COMTE doesn't read Nextdoor obviously as folks are screaming for such enforcements.
But of course, raindrop, you deluded Reaganite, you read Nextdoor. Gotta be sure that homeless person 8 blocks away doesn't move any closer.
The white-privileged LW with their suburban style greed and consumption (uber-excess 'stuff' and an ultra-riche car they don't use) are also root causes of homelessness in America. They should take a hard long look at themself in the mirror and change their ways toreverse the damage they have done to our society. Then, write an IA telling us how they made amends.
Here's what you do: pile up 6 or 8 stolen bikes in front of your car along with at least 2 gas generators, some unsafe extension cords, and several sketchy-looking gasoline cans sitting around waiting to start a fire. Then add several big bags of garbage and an old couch next to the car. I bet then you will get the ticket you want.
@6: Unhoused - stay focused.
Simple. Hire on with parking enforcement and roam your neighborhood. Or if that’s not an option, use the Find It Fix It App and report vehicles parked more than 72 hours. They will come, chalk the car and return after several days and ticket the car. Perhaps tow it. They don’t read The Stranger complaints to learn which cars need attention.
@8 don't forget a few propane tanks, then liberally scatter needles all around and periodically dump your waste holding tank all over the street. Seriously though, the issue isn't the parking of cars/RVs. There are many homeless people living out of their cars who are not receiving any citations either. The citations are being used as a tool to clean up problematic encampments.
@6 honestly, I read Nextdoor because the level of unhinged suburbanites have become makes me feel better about myself. Moving from Pioneer Square out to SE King County has been a wild swing in terms of the things people complain about.
This is kind of on the same level of Nextdoor insanity... they're really complaining that they're not getting a parking ticket but the biohazard RVs that bring rats and used needles into neighborhoods are? I'd have zero problem with the homeless population if they actually tried to keep their shit relatively clean.
How, pray-tell can they do that? Unlike people in homes, the unhoused don't have the luxury of receiving regularly scheduled trash, compost and recycling pickup from the City, and the cost of transporting refuse to the nearest transfer station is also probably beyond their ability to pay, particularly if the vehicle they happen to be using as a place to live either doesn't have capacity or doesn't even run in the first place.
And it's not like the housed don't live in similarly filthy conditions: if you could look into the back yards or inside the garages or even living spaces of your neighbors, I would bet good money at least a quarter of them are stacked to the eaves with the same sort of crap that people complain about with regard to the unhoused. The only differences being of course that: A of All) you can't actually see it - most of the time, and; B of All) they pay to live there so, apparently that exempts them from having to "keep THEIR shit relatively clean", even if it does provide a safe-haven for all manner of vermin that no doubt don't stay within the confines of their property lines. Just by way of example: my next-door neighbor, who has lived in her apartment for nearly 40 years, is moving away and her daughter spent all of last weekend pulling literally tons of detritus she had been hoarding out of her roughly 800 ft/sq. unit; three full-to-the-top U-Haul vans worth. Nobody complains, or frankly even cares that she was living in veritable squalor, because nobody is made uncomfortable of this fact by having to actually witness it with their own eyes.
@13 if the unhoused wanted to keep all of their crap inside their RV or tent like your neighbor did in her apt I doubt you'd have many complaints about that either. Poverty is not an excuse to destroy the environment around you and in some cases public spaces. If your neighbor had a bunch of trash and junk strewn down the hallway of your apartment building and other shared spaces she would have been fined by building management and eventually evicted if she didn't clean up her shit.
@12: I actually read Nextdoor to find good deals on dump runs, mulch, gardening rock, and other such NIMBY horror stories you can think of.
That's part of my point: many housed people DON'T keep their crap indoors; they frequently keep it outdoors and often where it's publicly visible to anyone walking or driving by, and where it creates exactly the same sort of damage to the environment you decry. But, because it's on private property nobody gives a shit.
And since apparently you're not aware of this, keeping loads of crap INSIDE a dwelling can create just as much of an environmental problem as leaving it outside, since it will attract all manner of vermin, such as rats, roaches, fleas, lice, bedbugs, etc., that can spread to adjacent units through HVAC or ventilation ducts and even sewage pipes. By the time a property manager or landlord may even become aware of such a condition, assuming they even give a fuck, which, let's face it, some don't, it's already too late: the damage has been done and it will require an extensive expenditure to rectify, up to and including potentially requiring tenants to temporarily relocate. And that doesn't even take into account what can happen in single family dwellings.
My late grandmother lived next door to a hoarder couple, and despite all her efforts, including going over and physically helping to remove some of the old mail, newspapers and magazines, bags of trash, rotten food and-such, she STILL had rats making a veritable highway out of her back yard in their haste to get in and get to the goodies. It took her about two years to convince the health department in the town where she lived to even investigate conditions on the property, because they were typically overworked, understaffed, and just not willing to invade someone's privacy because of one "cranky, complaining neighbor".
@16/17 so if I’m going to tldr your argument for other posters, you think since some people are hoarders and live in filth, albeit in a place they pay for, we should let unhoused people throw their garbage and crap all over public spaces. I think you’re going to have a tough time getting support for that.
Why not? If people in homes can live in abject filth and squalor and you don't give a shit, why should you give a shit about ANYONE living in abject filth and squalor? It appears being homed is the only determiner between your passive approval and active disapproval. If it's not hidden away where you can conveniently ignore the problem, it clearly triggers some sense of moral outrage in you, but it's a very selective form of moral outrage, because you don't seem object to squalor and filth in and of itself, only squalor and filth you're forced to witness.
@19 lol you are really trying hard to win some hearts and minds here. Let’s be clear. It’s not ok if a housed person is collecting so much junk they impact their neighbors. In those cases people have and will continue to call health officials and they will issue citations if needed. Assuming they are just collecting junk and it’s not spilling over onto their neighbors though than yes they can do what they want because they either own that property or are paying for it. The unhoused do not own the property they are destroying. They are shared spaces and it’s not ok to wreck havoc on them whether you are housed or not.
4 Thumbs up.
I anon is an idiot. This process only tickets vehicles REPORTED as having been parked for 72 and then follows a series of steps before anything happens If you aren’t a shitty neighbor/don’t live near a shitty whiny neighbor then no one will report you. Even the RVs overflowing with trash and despair don’t automatically get cited after 3 days. Someone has to complain first. The unhoused guy on our block keeps a tidy camp and is my favorite neighbor so no one bothers him except with cold lemonade on a hot day.
Dewey get a fucking hobby seriously, you are so lame it’s comedic.
@1, That was my reaction also.......but I wasn't in the mood to get flamed on Mon AM.
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