Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Chuck Nevius and the Case of the Manufactured Outrage

Oh, Chuck Nevius:

Last week, East Bay resident Bruce Marks took his wife to dinner in North Beach. What he failed to notice was that after a certain hour parking was restricted. When he came back after dinner, the car was gone. In all, it cost Marks $375 to redeem his car and another $75 for the ticket. Think he'll be back to the city to eat any time soon?

I know what you want from us, Chuck. You want us to be all "San Francisco is so unfriendly! You can't even eat dinner in this town without getting your car towed!" That's a good, simple, knee-jerk reaction that appeals on a primitive level but doesn't really work here.

I feel for East Bay resident Bruce Marks but when I park in SF, or anywhere really, I pause a moment to take a look at the signs that say whether or not you can park there, especially in a high-density neighborhood like North Beach. What do you suggest we do, Chuck? Eliminate parking restrictions in North Beach? That should work out well. Or maybe have a special suburbanite tag that East Bay residents can get so they can park at will when they come to SF?

Wanna avoid getting your car towed? Read the parking signs. Seriously, it's not rocket science.


Anonymous said...

Hey Nevius, let's copy Houston's downtown parking convenience thus allowing us to surpass them as a cultural center.

generic said...

I extend visitors a lot of slack when it comes to confusion on these topics.

Neither Nevius nor the diner are San Francisco residents, so these misunderstandings are bound to happen.