Permit Parking Comes to Moss Hill

Resident parking sign in Moss Hill, Thursday, May 10, 2016.

Jane Helms

Resident parking sign in Moss Hill, Thursday, May 10, 2016.

“Resident Permit Parking Only” signs have come to Moss Hill, where every house has a driveway and almost every driveway leads to a garage.

Resident Lois Tow said that some of her neighbors were unhappy when visitors to the Faulkner Hospital parked on the neighborhood streets. Also, streets near the Manning School get crowded when parents drop off their kids and pick them up. As Tow tells the story, someone came around with a petition, and the signs went up.

Tow said that her landscapers got a ticket and that an acquaintance who lives in Roxbury had trouble finding a parking place to attend an event at her child’s school.

“I think this is stupid,” said Tow. “We didn’t have a parking problem. We need to keep the city a welcoming place for people who have their kids in public schools.”

According to The Boston Transportation Department, a resident permit parking program can be initiated with “a petition signed by a minimum of 51% of residents who are 18 years of age or older and live on the streets proposed to be included in the program.”

Resident parking sign in Moss Hill

Jane Helms

Resident parking sign in Moss Hill

Rambler Road, Winchester Terrace, Calvin Road and Louders Lane are still accessible, and there are four spots with a two hour limit on Whitcomb Avenue and Malcolm Road. Spots near the hospital on Whitcomb are marked Tow Zone. There is a small parking lot at the Manning School and paid parking at the Faulkner Hospital.

The majority of residents of Moss Hill would have supported this change, if the city abided by its own rules. We didn’t happen to find any petition signers last time we canvassed Moss Hill. If you are among them and would like to comment, please either email us or make a comment below.

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  • Carol J Galvin

    I have lived on Whitcomb Ave for 46 years. The problem became so bad over the years residents found cars parked in front of their driveways. The employees from the Faulkner decided the neighborhood was for free parking for them while they worked. It was bumper to bumper parking all over our streets. These daily, 8 hrs. a day parkers, would fight with the residents about who had the parking rights in front of their home. Notes were going back and forth from a Faulkner worker and the residents who pay real estate taxes to live here. No there are not a driveway at every house and a garage at the end. We have to shovel and pay for shoveling as many of use have to park on the street IN FRONT OF OUR OWN HOUSE. Few neighborhoods have excess parking. Many families have 3 or 4 cars. Yeah, their kids have cars. Many of these free parkers come here from outside the city. Let’s go to their suburban homes and see what they have for parking.

    • JamaicaPlainNews

      Thanks, Carol! We’re hearing from many residents that Faulkner employees are the root of the problem.

  • Jim Derderian

    I’d kill kittens for resident parking for those of us on the Arborway. Especially on Mother’s Day.