JP Readers React to Street Cleaning Changes

Starting in April, your street cleaning day will likely be different that what you’re used to.

Tuesday night, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council announced a change to the street cleaning schedule taking place in April when street cleaning resumes.

Readers had a lot to say about the change:

Reader yogasong wrote:

I would love to see the one way streets alternate the side that will be cleaned each month. I live on a JP one way street (Sedgwick) that has parking only on the even side so, the even side of the street has never been cleaned!

City Councilor Matt O’Malley had a response:


Call my office and we'll try to help. 
Best, Matt O'Malley, City Councilor 

Reader Chris Childs wrote: I once got a "street cleaning" parking ticket on Centre Street in the middle of December, and my car was parked right below a sign that clearly said Street Cleaning was from April 1 to November 30. (Find out why here).

Do you have anything to add to the conversation? Tell us in the comments (on either article).

yogasong February 03, 2013 at 01:35 PM
Update: I called Matt O'Malley's office and spoke with a gentleman there who is the liaison for JP to the city. He will speak with the traffic dept and see what they can do. That would be really cool if he could make it happen. Thanks to Matt and his colleagues for the assistance.
Kevin McCaffrey February 03, 2013 at 01:55 PM
This fall my car was towed. I hadn't noticed the swap of the old "ticket" signs with shiny new "Tow Zone" signs. Fair enough. Everyone likes clean streets. But it would have been nice if the city had notified residents with a flyer or something to warn those who don't use their cars a lot. But...it gets better. When I visited the local impound yard on Washington Street, I was shocked to discover that my "little mistake" of parking on the wrong side of the street would cost me $205.95!!! The tow company charges $90 for the tow + $70 for 2 days of "storage" (my car was there from 11 a.m. on Monday until 4:45 p.m Tuesday) + a $5.95 "Other" fee + a $40 street cleaning parking ticket (icing on the cake). The "storage" fee was nearly 2.5 times more expensive than the $15 per day that is communicated on the CofB website. When I informed the tow owner/operator of this, he said, "yeah, we told the city that information is wrong a long time ago, but they never change it." Nice. Pick your car up sooner, you may say. It still would have cost me over $170. The total fees are far more expensive than infractions such as parking in handicapped spaces, blocking fire hydrants, etc. Does the penalty here really fit "the crime?" So, I was left extremely disappointed in the city for allowing punitive penalties to be put in place. However, I am sure the tow operators are not. They can now cash in five days a week from April to December! So, be careful where you park come spring!
yannaro February 03, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Actually, you can towed from a handicapped space or from in front of a fire hydrand and the tickets are more.
ann February 04, 2013 at 04:23 PM
I agree with yogasong... and we shouldn't ALL have to call someone to get one-way streets cleaned even occasionally. I live on one way also, and the even side of street has never been cleaned. Also, would like to see ALL of Centre St cleaned regularly, not just from Canary Square in.
Tonia B. February 04, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Also thanks to Julieanne Doherty, JP coordinator/Mayor's liaison for helping with my st. cleaning questions and my missed trash pickup last week. Happy to get quick responses from our local reps!


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