Thursday, August 28, 2014

Seen on the street, No. 3 , parking enforcement vs construction crew.



The expected, a parking enforcement officer at work. I took this photo at 10:36 a.m. on July 3. In Portland's Downtown District, parking meters operate 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 7p.m., Sunday, unless otherwise posted. I wonder if she is entering a ticket for the truck with the barricades in it. Here's one reason why I'm wondering--I found this on the city's Web site: Why do some people get to reserve parking spaces? Contractors who have purchased construction permits from the Bureau of Development Services are allowed by City code (Title 24) to reserve the parking spaces around the project area. Typically at any time about 500 downtown parking spaces are in use for construction activities or other reserved uses.


The unexpected, her pointed toe seconds after the standard pose seen in the other photo. I took this one at 10:37 a.m. Wonder what made her move her right leg? Did she all of a sudden notice the crew shown in the next photo and realize she needed to delete what she'd entered?


Since this crew surely is working on the street because the city needed it to be done, wouldn't this crew have been assigned there to do that work and therefore not need to have bought a construction permit so that they could park close by? I doubt the city lets just anyone take apart a street and go to work in a hole. Maybe the pretty tiles needed to have their foundation reinforced. We'll never know how it turned out because my bus arrived and I left for the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival. But, my guess is that the man looking to the left noticed the parking enforcement officer and alerted the flagman to intervene. What do you think?


William Kendall said...

The bylaw people here tend to look much the same. Some are on foot, others bike, and others are in cars.

Drivers here loath them.

Randy said...

Nice captures. Too bad someone is getting a ticket.