January 31, 2013

Gentrification doesn't stop on Sundays

Atlantic Cities has an article on how cities are increasingly charging for parking meters on Sundays, a sub rose form of gentrification in which new residents lord it over poorer former residents who still come back to the city for church. Here's the article's section on DC:
Atlantic Cities - Washington, D.C., perhaps the city with the country’s most peculiar set of Sunday parking disputes. Back in March 2006, after long ignoring rule-breaking parishioners known to double-park during Sunday worship services, District police angered congregants by announcing that they would begin ticketing on Sundays that May. Local residents complained that suburban congregants coming into the city for Sunday services caused gridlock in residential neighborhoods, blocking driveways and making streets impassable. Believers shot back that skyrocketing rents and widespread gentrification had long since forced them out of their inner city homes and away from their beloved congregations. In the years since, the city has attempted to resolve the issue both by adding additional metered spaces and by implementing new resident-only parking restrictions. In some ways, the changes have only inflamed tensions.

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