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post #211 of 7932
I once got a $60 parking fine for getting back to my muni-meter 1 minute late. I was getting some fish or something. The women was right there writing it up, and when I tried reasoning with her, she didn't even respond. Those parking meter assholes are the scum of the earth.
post #212 of 7932
They are all over certain neighborhoods in Boston. Really dumb looking.
post #213 of 7932
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Never see those in the city... ?

Seriously? I've seen many hundreds of them and I've only been to NY for about two weeks in the past year. They are everywhere, I've even seen them on cabs.
post #214 of 7932
I don't know - maybe the neighborhoods I frequent are not typical "overnight parking areas" but I don't see those around at all. Maybe I'm not noticing them...
post #215 of 7932
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maybe the neighborhoods I frequent are not typical "overnight parking areas"

Mr. Fancy Pants
post #216 of 7932
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what makes me laugh about those things is that no one has them on the front bumper
post #217 of 7932
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post #218 of 7932
if I ever purchas a car while living in the city (which is extremely doubtful I ever will) and decide that its best to park it in the street (even less likely to happen than me purchasing a car), I'd buy a Range Rover and arm it with those big utility bars on the front and back.

that should do it.
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post #220 of 7932
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every building is NY is always scaffolded because of the greedy unions.

I see that all the time but what is the union connection? This is interesting.
post #221 of 7932
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It's a labor law make-work requirement. In every other city in the world, you see routine maintenance done all the time without scaffolding. Scaffolding is only erected when the job absolutely requires it. In NY ANY minor repair requires by law, the scaffolding of the entire facade and sometimes the entire building. Total waste.
post #222 of 7932
Random question that ties in with unions: For all construction near a street it requires at least one off duty cop to stand there. This is for the entire state and not just Boston. I once saw a cop in Cambridge standing near a tree stump which had been cut down hours ago. There was nothing else happening. They had cleared away the tree that morning and there was no equipment either. I can understand this for populace areas, but it is everywhere.
post #223 of 7932
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every building is NY is always scaffolded because of the greedy unions.

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I see that all the time but what is the union connection? This is interesting.

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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

It's a labor law make-work requirement. In every other city in the world, you see routine maintenance done all the time without scaffolding. Scaffolding is only erected when the job absolutely requires it. In NY ANY minor repair requires by law, the scaffolding of the entire facade and sometimes the entire building. Total waste.
This is not really correct. The requirement is not union driven. The law was put on the books by lobbyists hired by the scaffolding companies (there are only a few and watch the backs of you and your family if you try top start a new one). I don't even know if they need to be erected by union workers and it would not surprise me if they didn't. In any case, that is my recollection. You should find some intern to research it for an article.
post #224 of 7932
You guys are talking about sidewalk sheds.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124812702555366417.html


And yes, they suck. And they're partly a result of the Local Law 11 requirements for regular inspections at all NYC buildings. And when there's LL11 inspection and work (there's always something that can be fixed), a shed has to be erected. At least that's my experience in our small co-op.

Some take years to come down...
post #225 of 7932
What a sweet business. They probably never even noticed there was a recession.
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