Category: Parking

Free parkletting?

25 January, 2013 (10:00) | Cities, Land rent, Parking, Parks, Permitting, Politics, Public space, San Francisco, Sidewalks, Urbanization, Zoning | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith   Nothing is so complicated in San Francisco as doing an altruistic thing without sufficient permission – for, as revealed in the San Francisco Chronicle (January 6, 2013), that can provoke the wrath of an unpropitiated local troll.  To begin with, we must start with a clever urban innovation to convert some […]

City snow: owning the street

7 January, 2011 (11:20) | Boston, Cities, Communities, Infrastructure, Law, Local issues, Parking, Urban life, US News |

By: David A. Smith    [Connected to yesterday's post about sidewalk shoveling.]   Yesterday’s story on the perils of urban snowfall, using one Boston Globe article (Arial font) and one New York Times article (Georgia font), focused on the bright side of shoveling – the duty of a property owner to maintain the healthiness and accessibility […]

City snow: owning the sidewalk

6 January, 2011 (12:24) | Boston, Cities, Communities, Homeownership, Infrastructure, Law, Local issues, Parking, Urban life, US News | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith    Whenever we have a big Boston snowstorm, as we did last week, I get to experience first-hand two of the great traditions in snowy urban life, both of which illustrate the limits of law and the power of custom and community:   Who shovels his walk, and how well? Who […]