At three recent city council meetings, Mayor Darrell Mussatto and Coun. Craig Keating have suggested the possibility of allowing parking in lanes. They both feel this might be the answer to one obvious problem resulting from densification: that is, more people and more cars on the same old streets making the lack of parking a top complaint to city hall. So, these two elected city officials - prime densification advocates - are suggesting that laneways should be opened up for parking.
All my life there has been one hard and fast rule which has been drummed into what are now four generations of new drivers: never ever park in a lane. Lanes are for access by emergency vehicles, service trucks and neighbours. It is an excellent rule, a lifesaving rule, a good business rule and a rule that insures good-neighbour relationships. The majority of our residential city lanes are narrow and private. I hope and trust that the fire department, the garbage collectors, the telephone company, etc. and homeowners would avidly protest such a move.
Joan Peters, North Vancouver
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