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Letter: Ticketing for parking 13 inches from curb is bad for city

Published November 24, 2013 4:45 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

I haven't been downtown to shop for probably five months. There's a reason I rarely go downtown: the parking.

I decided to drive to Art Access (500 W. 230 South) to pick up a few Christmas gifts and support "buying local." I arrived around 1:30 on a Friday and there was very little traffic. I was in Art Access for 30-40 minutes and returned to find a $25 parking ticket from Salt Lake Corp.

I was confused as to why I would even have a ticket. The reason for my ticket: "parking more than 12 inches from the curb." I happened to have a ruler in my car, so I measured how from the curb I parked. Oh noooo ... 13 inches.

I was not blocking the travel lane in any way, and there was no one on the street.

I understand that rules are rules. But if the city wants people to come downtown and buy local, our leaders need to determine if 1 inch is worth a letter to the editor and deterring people from shopping downtown.

Peggy Clark

Salt Lake City