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Reader's view: City full of surprises with its parking regulations

This winter, I learned what "can't beat City Hall" really means. I'm writing this in the hopes of helping other Duluth residents save a few bucks. How many know about a regulation prohibiting parking for more than 24 hours in one spot? I've lived...

This winter, I learned what "can't beat City Hall" really means. I'm writing this in the hopes of helping other Duluth residents save a few bucks. How many know about a regulation prohibiting parking for more than 24 hours in one spot? I've lived here 50 years, and the week of Dec. 29 was the first I had ever heard of it.

I learned from talking to the folks at the Duluth Police Department that if you live on a street with calendar street parking, you are required to move your car every 24 hours, whether you're going somewhere or not. Just parking on the weekly designated side of the street isn't enough. If you go out of town for a week and leave your car legally parked, you could come home with a windshield full of tickets. I'm told you should give your keys to "someone" to move your car -- even if you don't know your neighbors. That sounds safe. If you have the flu, put your robe on, get out there and move your car. Want to save fuel and ride with your roommate? Good for you, but move your car first! Has it been 20 below and your battery is dead? Tough; move your car.

I asked why the regulation isn't posted like calendar street parking. Guess that's not necessary; it's posted on the city of Duluth Web site.

I'm going to the mailbox to pay my ticket. After that I'm going to the library to use a computer to read up on city regulations to make sure I'm not breaking any other laws I don't know about. With all the tickets being issued on this particular regulation, maybe there'll be enough funding for the libraries to open their doors again!

Betsy Strom

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