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Come On, Buffalo: Parking Tickets on Federal Holidays?

Happy New Year from the City of Buffalo. This morning, on a federal holiday, the City of Buffalo Parking Violation Bureau ticketed over 100 cars in my neighborhood in the Elmwood Village. Is the city being a little overzealous?

In 10 years of living on Norwood Avenue, we have always been able to disregard the alternate parking signs on holidays. In fact, with everyone home from school and no one working, there simply are not enough spaces on the street to accommodate all the cars. It is for this reason that alternate parking is not in effect on the weekends.

Each or our neighbors believes this to be true as well. On a non-holiday day the restricted side of the street is clear by 9:10am. When parking enforcement came through at 11am today, there were 100+ cars ticketed in my neighborhood alone.

Case in point: On Monday, December 26, also an official holiday, cars were parked on both sides and no tickets were issued.

Is this the way Buffalo is going to ring in the new year?

Don’t we want people to live in this city? Where do they expect us to park when everyone is home and schools are closed?

At the very least, this is bad PR, Buffalo!

This seems a little crazy and very bad form of the City of Buffalo.

> Thomas McDade, Buffalo

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