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@jcm, when you say "The sweeper cams have been successful in improving the street sweeping, as far as I know" how do you know that? I would be very interested in any objective analysis of whether or not this has changed anything other than the revenue side of the equation.

DC has long had one of the most effective parking-enforcement operations in any city. Even in the Barry days, while potholes remained unrepaired, residents have always been able to count on getting a ticket within minutes of most parking violations.

I have never in my life here found that residents ignored street-sweeping restrictions. Sure, people make mistakes now and then, but since we all have expected to be ticketed immediately since the invention of the parking ticket in DC, I really don't see how the cameras are likely to have changed things.

Actually, I kind of expected that they might even result in less money - since now, instead of being able to ticket cars within a 2-hour window, once the sweeper has gone, most people probably won't get busted anymore, unless the manual-ticketing operation is still in effect.

But was there actually a major problem with street sweepers navigating because of many illegally parked cars before the cameras? Not that I ever saw. Is it "better" now? I can't fathom how or why.

But as I said if you know something I don't know, I'm interested to read it.

by Jamie on Jun 15, 2010 9:04 am • linkreport

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