Letter: Create a Resident Only Commuter Rail Parking Lot

Resident says she has been told by residents to not park on their streets even though she has a resident parking sticker.


To the Editor:

The West Roxbury Commuter Rail stop has resident parking signs posted on nearly every sides street that adjoins the station. That means if you have a sticker, like I do, you have the right to park there as long as you would like to.

However I have routinely been addressed by people who choose to buy or live near the station and told not to leave my car on the street in front of their house while I go to my 9-5 job. I have a sticker, and I am a resident who lives about a mile from the station, and therefore in inclement weather do not want to walk that far. Since I have a sticker there should be no issue.

I see two possible solutions here. One, people who live near the station should not be allowed to harass resident parkers with stickers or be fined. Two - create a resident parking sticker only lot. This seems like a hot topic with residents on Dent Street, Perham Street and Ivory Street.

Jill Ryan

Fontaine's Right Wing June 27, 2012 at 10:54 PM
The public street in front of your house is PUBLIC (everyone’s). You want somewhere to park your car that no one else can have, BUILD A DRIVEWAY or don’t rent or buy property without private parking spaces. That said, parking in WR should never be a problem. Way back, there was angled (pull forward) parking on LaGrange, from Centre to past Westmount. That’s why the road is 12’ wider through that stretch. Changing to angled parking would add about 40 more spaces so commuters don’t have to take all the area’s parking.
Annabelle June 27, 2012 at 11:19 PM
I have to say that the topic is inflamed indeed. Commuters routinely park next to our house (we live close to West Roxbury Station), and I don't mind at all. By all means, I encourage people using the commuter rail instead of taking their cars downtown. Recently a woman who parked in front of our porch for a while approached me and showed a pretty rude note someone left on her windshield, demanding her to stop parking on our street. She thought it was me. This was very embarrassing. Streets are public, not private. If you don't like the rules of parking, you should argue with the city council, not the commuters.
Stephen Smith June 28, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I agree with the last two comments that streets are public but my comments were in regards to those streets around West Roxbury commuter stops that say residential parking only. I think people in their comments are confusing public streets near commuter stops that have no residental parking only signs and those that do have signage. If residents are complaining in those cases where there is no residential parking signage about cars parking in front of their house then they are wrong. My problem is with people using a residential parking only sticker when they don't reside on a street that says residential parking only
VPrescott June 28, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Your last line above Stephen is the ONLY point I wish to get across on this issue, and the accurate point to be emphasized!
Kate June 28, 2012 at 10:04 PM
But the rule is that if you have a residential sticker you may park on the "Resident only" streets even if you don't live there. They are public streets. I had a person threaten to slash my tires for parking on "his" street once. Professionals who work in W. Roxbury park on residential streets all the time, and it is legal for them to do so. I do like the idea of a resident-only lot, though.


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