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OUR VIEW: Now you see the parking sign, now you don’t

Now you see the parking limits sign.
Now you see the parking limits sign.

THE ISSUE: A sometimes hidden “no parking” sign
OUR VIEW: A little parking fairness is overdue

Parking in downtown Ottawa can be a tricky business.

For sure, lest you end up with a citation, you’ve got to make sure your tires don’t violate any white lines or that you dare not linger a few minutes too long while shopping.

But for our money, the trickiest place to park is on Jackson Street between Columbus and La Salle streets.

It’s a one-way street going west with seemingly identical parking spaces on both the north and south sides of the street.

But you have to look close.

On the north side of the street, the side along Washington Square, you can park all day without the fear of a ticket — as long as you are within the white lines.

But the south side of the street, the side (for now) with the Lincoln-Douglas Debate mural, is a different proposition.

Weekday parking on the south side is limited to two hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The tricky business is the only sign that posts the restriction is just a few feet high. It is, in fact, too low to be seen if a vehicle parks in front of it.

But the fact it can’t be seen won’t prevent the parker from getting a citation.

When Ottawa started having a local attorney hear parking ticket complaints, the low sign was one of the first appeals that was made. Alas, there was no mercy for the parker.

It seems like an awfully unfair situation.

There are two obvious remedies: raise the sign up to where it can be seen or remove it altogether.

A little parking fairness is overdue.

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