See that little yellow thing on the windshield? It’s a parking ticket, and it illustrates that a decision Albany city officials made six years ago still serves to irritate some people.
It was in May 2016 that the advisory board of the CARA urban renewal program recommended that parking outside the Albany Post Office on Second Avenue be reconfigured to require backing into a slot on the left side of a one-way street.
This caused quite a bit of consternation during the first few months the arrangement was in place. Most people had no problem with it and the rest of us eventually learned to adapt. And getting a truck with a rear-view camera made it easier.
But not everybody has gone along, or does so all the time. Now and then, you still see a vehicle parked nose-in, which is a bit of a feat because it requires drivers to make almost a U-turn on the narrow street.
There are signs saying something about back-in parking only. But who looks at little signs when pulling into a parking slot?
So, the left-hand back-in parking continues to yield opportunities for issuing tickets and, while providing a little revenue for downtown parking enforcement, making at least a few drivers mad. (hh)