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I see no other way than to characterize the behavior I see other than "entitlement." I already explained how they endanger and inconvenience everyone else, but the point I didn't make clearly enough is that the behavior is often undertaken for their own convenience. People are not parking in the bus zones and crosswalks and double-parking in my neighborhood and in SW, where I spend many Sunday mornings, because that's the only parking available. In my neighborhood and the parts of SW I often spend Sunday mornings in, there is ample street parking, but, unlike the crosswalk, or the second TRAVEL lane, it's not RIGHT in front of the door of the church. In my neighborhood specifically, the churchgoers parked in the crosswalk or bus stop could EASILY find a safe, legal parking spot...it would just be between half a block and a block away from the church. Apparently, that's too far of a walk to ask for. The people double-parked at one particular SW church I'm all-too-familiar with could easily find a spot 2-4 blocks away.

Obviously, this doesn't work in every neighborhood, but the fact that the illegal, dangerous parking habits persist in neighborhoods where the price of a legal parking spot is VERY MILD inconvenience to the patron demonstrates an unhealthy sense of entitlement. If the churches in question are concerned about their elderly or disabled patrons, they should send someone out to make sure that the prime spots are taken only by the elderly and disabled parishioners, and ask healthy, able-bodied parishioners to park in nearby areas with ample parking. While I am no longer religious, I grew up in a religious household. Being suburban, our church had ample parking, but there were signs in the lot asking parishioners to "park according to their ability." That meant that we parked in the school lot a block away and walked, since we could; unless it was a special holiday on which my devout, but VERY disabled grandfather was accompanying us. Then, we dropped him at the door and parked, and reversed to pick him up, until he got too frail to enter unaccompanied (and my brother and I were still to young to help), at which point we parked in the smallest, closest lot. It's no different than asking the congregation to reserve the front rows for disabled parishioners and their families, which our church also did (and I hated, since I preferred to be in the back where no one could see me not paying attention).

by Ms. D on Dec 5, 2012 8:45 pm • linkreport

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