Parking Nazis

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture

Nov 20

Years ago when I was teaching at Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism (a 14-year sentence), I was on campus walking to my office one beautiful early-fall day when I saw dozens of vans parked along a main road.

From these behemoths, hundreds of excited freshmen and their parents scurried across the road to populate nearby university residences with all the detritus that new students bring with them each year.

I could hear the geese honking as they departed for warmer climes to the south; the river bubbled nearby and nervous chatter exuded from teenagers and their parents.

I also saw parking Nazis busy on that Sunday ticketing their vans for illegal parking.

How nice, I thought, the first experience future alumni (and endowment-givers) will have of coming to this university is their parents receiving parking fines.

So, being the busybody super hero that I am, next day, I called the then university prez and told him what I thought of that. I also suggested a solution.

Et voila, here I was on campus yesterday and they’ve implemented it… on-street, paid parking for up to 4-hours.

They don’t call them “institutions of higher earning” for nothing…

Prof Bruce

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