Somerville Street Sweeping Scam
As of today, I am convinced that the only reason Somerville Public Works “cleans” the streets is to collect parking fines. I left my apartment this morning at 9:00, and as I walked down the street to work, observed two parking officers feverishly writing out tickets to every car on the side of the street marked for cleaning. Though I don’t drive, and certainly will avoid it at all cost, I sympathize with the drivers around me who have to put up with these shenanigans.
Every first and third Friday of the week, parking officers nail about ten cars on my street alone with $50 fines for parking in a “street cleaning zone.” This morning, my roommate was among the unlucky who received such a fine. This is her first week living in our apartment and she had no clue about the regulation. I’m sure she’ll never get fined again after this experience, but it’s something different that really irks me. When I came home, I noticed that the street sweeper had been by, not because the streets were cleaner, but because they were in fact, much dirtier. The machine had served only to blow the leaves on the street up onto the sidewalks, and lines of mud had been sprayed on the street during the “cleaning.” Now my street is striped with mud, and the leaves and garbage have only moved a few feet. For the revenue they generated in parking tickets for just this one day, one might think they would actually clean the streets.
What a scam.