This weekend in LA has been an Endeavour. The earth orbiter has moved at a blazing pace of 2MPH from LAX to its final dock at the California Science Center near the Coliseum in downtown Los Angeles. Here’s a shot of the monster space craft in Westchester, near LAX, surrounded by firetrucks, TV vans, and such.
I noticed something Friday as I was watching the spectacle near PT’s offices. Parking Citation Officers were out in force. And a lot of tickets were being written. Here’s the parking question: Would it have been reasonable to have a parking ticket holiday while the shuttle was moving past. Was there any true danger with people parking in no parking zones along the route? Give tickets for fire hydrants and blocking driveways, and places that cause danger to the public, but those places where there is a red curb because it is red, why not look the other way at times like this.
I need input. What do you think, parking folks? Should the rules be relaxed in certain areas when major events take place? Do we really care that people without a “g” permit park in a residential area so they can take their kids to see the shuttle? Let me know. I think its a valid question, and I think the answers will tell us a lot about our industry.
This is a great moment for Los Angeles\, parking tickets or no. My guess is that at least 100,000 people in the area worked on the shuttle program or knew someone who worked on the shuttle program. It was built here; and after countless miles in space, it is coming home.
This has been a big deal for the City of Angels. There are concerts, dance reviews, air shows, all taking place along the route. This trip is costing $10million, and no taxpayer money. Why the $10 mil? The Space Shuttle is so big, that power lines had to be moved, trees cut down, traffic lights replaced, all along the route.
Welcome home, Endeavour, you done good.