The Week in Parking

Philly activist sues to stop South Broad median parking; justice for the PPA?

Plus the worst UPS park job ever might just be caught on photo.

sidewalk parking
Jim Hart / for Billy Penn

One of Philly’s millennial-focused PACs is suing to end the tradition of parking on the South Broad Street median.

The move, first reported by PlanPhilly, pits political action committee 5th Square against the Philadelphia Parking Authority and the Philadelphia Police Department — and, basically, it’s seeking that they enforce laws that are already on the books but widely ignored.

The suit notes that the PPA and PPD do enforce the law, but selectively, and cite as proof the mass towing of cars from the median during last summer’s Democratic National Convention.

South Philly being South Philly, blowback from residents who rely on the rarely enforced, basically free parking has been strong, 5th Square co-founder and neighborhood resident Jake Leifer told the site: “We’ve also received some pushback from a handful of individuals and the amount of that pushback was significant. It included death threats to myself and my family.”

A very artsy “No Parking” warning

Don't even think about it.

Don't even think about it.

Michaela Winberg / Billy Penn

Spotted in Fishtown by Billy Penn intern Michaela Winberg this week; nice touch, but yeah, don’t try parking here.

Keep it classy, UPS guy

A little less sidewalk, a little more street pls

Irony, or justice? Your call


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