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10 November 2022

We were minding our own business strolling down Seventh Avenue the other day when we ran across this scene. A sign warned that the red zone painted on the curb was strictly enforced 24/7.

Red Zone. Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm II R kit lens at 42mm (84mm equivalent), f8, 1/800 second and ISO 200. Processed in Adobe Camera Raw.

Nothing unusual about that, of course. Until we looked down at the curb and saw the red zone was about as long as a skateboard.

Full Crop. We liked this angle across the street.

We had to chuckle. And pull out the camera.

But it's not really a laughing matter.

The property owner had to pay to have the curb painted by the proper authorities, not to mention acquiring the signage. It's clearly a serious issue for them.

And the serious issue is that parking anywhere in that red zone inevitably blocks access to their driveway. So the offending vehicle can be ticketed and towed.

The art of living in a city is respecting the elbow room required to make it comfortable for everyone, not just you.

You can't pull over to the curb, park and promise you'll "just be a minute" because it suits you. You may be infringing on not just someone else's right to access their property or the road but their need to do so. A doctor on call, just for argument's sake.

Seeing past your own nose is an acquired skill. And in a city, you acquire it quickly or pay a pretty hefty penalty.

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