WSB frequent contributor “The House” is fuming about this note placed on his windshield, apparently by Seattle Police.
Here’s his beef, followed by what we have found out so far:
I woke up Friday morning and had the attached document stuck under my windshield wiper. I have one of the many houses in WS that has a parking strip that is half grass, half concrete. For the past four years, I have parked my everyday vehicle on the concrete portion in front of my house. So have at least 5 of my neighbors. Parking on this strip does not block the sidewalk one, does not impede pedestrians, does not impede vehicle traffic, does not cause any maintenance issues and does not create an unsightly condition.
For the past four years, I have been completely unaware that what I was doing was illegal. For the time being, I am going to comply with Seattle PDÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Violation Notice, but it wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t come without a few letters to the City, Police Department and Chief Kerlikowske (just b/c his name is at the bottom of the notice). The reason being is that I park on the paved parking strip for the exact reasons that are listed on the notice. Parking on the strip takes your vehicle off the road, making the road clear for pedestrians and vehicles to see clearly. It also decreases the possibility of having to park in front of a sewer, in which the vehicle could clock the sewer. As for unsightly conditions, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sure that there are people that park their broken down vehicles for months/years in these spots but of the six people on my block none are examples of this.
The reason why IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m reaching out to you and the readers is because I heard that many years ago the City of Seattle went around asking certain areas if they wanted their planting strips converted to concrete so that THEY COULD PARK ON THEM. If anyone out there has information on this, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d appreciate you sharing.
I also find this humorous because in my area there are several RVs and vehicles parked on the streets that sit past the 3 day law in which they are supposed to be moved (mostly transients living in these vehicles) all the time. Why choose to enforce this law all of a sudden instead of others? This definitely falls under Ã¢â‚¬Å“non-emergency call, doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t it?
We don’t know anything ourselves about the concrete conversion — but we did look up the planting-strip law, which indeed is at the exact Seattle Municipal Code location in the note “The House” got. It’s pretty clear about no parking on planting strips. (Here’s the city’s definition of “planting strip.”) But what if it’s a big planting strip, with no sidewalk encroachment, as he says is the case? And why would police be patroling for this type of violation with so much else to occupy their time?