When do public streets become private streets?
Original post made by Public streets, Charleston Gardens, on Sep 26, 2008
This little tidbit was in the Around Town section of today's PA Weekly:
"WILKIE PARKERS BE WARNED ... If you have any thoughts of parking on Wilkie Way, or other nearby Charleston Meadows streets, be forewarned: Nearby neighbors may track you down to figure out why, exactly, you are parking on their street. Carlin Otto and other concerned neighbors have spent six months checking license plates, leaving notes on vehicles and scoping out driveways and garages in Arbor Real to pinpoint the source of the cars. They've found that 32 cars that belong in Arbor Real park "routinely" on neighboring streets such as Wilkie Way. Parking has been a hot issue in Charleston Meadows for years, as neighbors successfully shut down attempts to link a bike or pedestrian path to new developments on El Camino Real due to fears of parked cars would eliminate space for Charleston Meadow homeowners and their guests. Otto has been attending recent public meetings sharing the results of the investigations. "This is a permanent thing," she said."
Couple of questions --Is Wilkie Way a public street? What right does Carlin Otto have trying to "figure out why, exactly, you are parking on their street"? What makes it "their" street?
I hope that residents of Arbor Real will report these actions to the proper authorities and that people from the city will educate Ms Carlin and other residents of Wilkie Way as to the nature of public streets in Palo Alto. (or is the city afraid to say anything to the "powerful" Charleston Meadow Neighborhood Association)
Also this begs the question if walkability is such a big thing in PA (it is constantly talked about by council members( why did the council agree to eliminate a bike and/or pedestrian path connecting the development and Wilkie Way (me thinks it is again fear of standing up to the neighborhood)