That last part pisses me off. I guess it pisses a lot of people off here in Springfield: Somebody posted about it on the Springfield Facebook group and it quickly got 80-some comments. So far I haven’t seen any Nazi analogies, but with this group it’s only a matter of time.
If I were going to be a Nazi about anything around here, it would be people parking on the sidewalk. That and people wandering down the street shouting obscenities, or scattering fast-food wrappers like they’re all competing to be this year’s Johnny Appleseed of Litter.
But certain people, you don’t expect much of them. Certain people you do: say, people who are able to drive decent cars and live in decent houses. People who have plenty of space at the curb, and frequently plenty of space within a fenced driveway. Somehow, they still opt to park straddling the sidewalk. More convenient that way, I guess — for them. Never mind the moms with strollers, the halt and the lame, the active-but-easily-annoyed middle-aged men who are forced to squeeze past a bumper or detour into the street.
It’s a quality-of-life thing, OK? Sidewalks are for people, not cars. Below are a few offenders seen on a recent two-mile stroll around the ‘hood.