LETTER: Resident Upset About Sudden Parking Ticket Spree Near Watertown Square

Desiree Pappenheimer writes that the ticketing of residents parking on Watertown streets is yet another strike against the town.


I own a condo near Watertown Square and I and my neighbors have recently noticed tickets appearing seemingly randomly on cars during the day.

I searched "parking" on the Watertown city website and noted that the city seems to have quietly instituted a 2-hour limit on parking ANYWHERE in town during the day. [Editors Note: Watertown has had a 2-Hour Limit on all streets for many years.]

This imposes a MAJOR hardship on anyone who doesn't drive to work and must leave their vehicle parked outside their houses; in our instance, we have a tandem driveway which does not allow for all people in the house (4 units, 5 cars) to be parked without someone always being blocked in.

When did this regulation move from commercial areas to residential ones? This seems to just be a money-grubbing ploy. Why not institute resident stickers if they want to raise extra revenue?

I am upset about this and it is another nail in the coffin for me of likely leaving Watertown as it becomes less and less desirable. (The , lack of any town center, , and now this?!)

Please bring some attention to this matter as it deserves. It is unfair to those of us who cannot afford multi-car garages or parking downtown every day. It's essentially a punishment for the audacity of having to work for a living. Shame on the city.


Desiree Pappenheimer
Watertown Square Resident 

Joe June 01, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Since when are the towns and cities responsible for finding us parking or making sure we have a large driveway? How would you like to live in a town, some surrounding Watertown, that have a year round (not just wintertime) parking ban at night, yes every night.
Charlie Breitrose (Editor) June 01, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Interesting point, Joe. A lot of towns do have year-round parking bans. However, it is frustrating when you get a parking ticket, seemingly, out of the blue. I have gotten a few myself.
jimmy June 02, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Having a 2 hour parking limit on all streets is ridiculous. If this is the case there should be signs posted. How are people visiting from our of town (or people who are residents and don't make the effort to go read the web site) supposed to know this? I understand implementing this in some areas/at some meters etc but everywhere? absurd!
zip zen June 02, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Joe those other towns do have the rules but dint enforce them as vigerously as Watertown. The rule is foolish and not usually enforsed unless there is a complaint. wonder if the loss of revenue from no longer ticketing in the mall lots has anything to do with it. I say ticket the lots leave the side streets alone. The cars in the mall lots are mostly from out of town
Dee June 05, 2012 at 07:33 PM
I've lived in Watertown for 35 years & never knew about this parking ban until I got a ticket one day. I own my condo but there is no driveway or offstreet parking for my car. It's bad enough I have to pay $400.00 per year for a winter parking space. Why not offer residential permit parking instead of the 2 hour daily limit.
jimmy June 06, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Great point Dee! I wonder why the town doesn't offer residential permit parking... Would be great if they did!


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