Parking Peril

My vote for scrunchiest parking spots in Westport goes to the medical complex at 162 Kings Highway North.

Each slot is striped to accommodate Smart Cars only.  Plus the lot itself is narrow, meaning there’s no room to maneuver or get out of someone’s way.

What’s particularly dangerous is that the lot serves doctor’s offices.  Drivers are sick people, elderly people — those not exactly at the top of their game, parking-wise.

The prescription?  A dose of reality, the next time it’s re-striped.

32 responses to “Parking Peril

  1. katherine hooper

    that is so funny. i think that every time i go there. thanks for another obvious but needed observation.

  2. Make extra time to park so you are in time for your appointment. I thought I was having trouble parking because I wasn’t feeling well!

  3. Good observation, Dan — every time I go there parking is a challenge. Wouldn’t P&Z have specified the number of spaces for this building when permits were given out way back when? If so, is that number the same today? To help ease congestion, many of the physicans at 162 park in the lot next door.

    • I believe they were grandfathered in. They would not be allowed so many tight spaces under today’s zoning regulations.

      • If the spaces were larger, there would be fewer of them. Would that be a better situation?

        • The Dude Abides

          People would have to walk. Less gas emissions. Better air. Asthma down. Gas prices depressed. Wars end. Peace.

          • Please note Dan’s observation that the drivers are ” sick people ,elderly people.” Have you no concern for your fellow man?

          • The Dude Abides

            Studies have shown that if you walk after the age 65, your chances of living to 95 in good health are increased dramatically.

          • Not if you get hit by a sick elderly driver while you are walking.

          • The Dude Abides

            My supposition was based on EVERYONE walking from a nearby parking lot subsidized by the Stimulus package or long term investment plans of the new Daley Administration.

          • Under the new Daley Administration no one will be able to afford either medical or a car so the whole issue will resolve istself.

          • The Dude Abides

            Naw, we will be alright. Some long term investments by Uncle Sap (your term) may bring results. Need to stop the ADD. The 2nd amendment about to take a shot (excuse the pun).

        • If Uncle Sap cuts Medicare reembursements by 30% as planned, every one will be “covered” there just will not be any availability. Sort of like in Russia, or the UK if you are over 65 and want a hip replacement. I am trying to get the sale of alcohol banned to prevent thousands from being killed evey year by drunk drivers, and to prevent t tens of thousands from dying from alcohol related diseases. Want to help?

          • The Dude Abides

            Yeah, when does the time capsule leave? Prohibition II?
            I abide by the Republican health plan: don’t get sick and if you do, die quick.

          • I would prefer that we each pay for our own healthcare, you know personal responsibility and all that. According to the CBO, Obamacare will drive up healthcare costs. Just what you would expect from government intervention.

          • The Dude Abides

            Consensus among health care in Japan, Taiwan, Switzerland, England and Germany is that (1) everyone has to be in the pool;(2) carriers have to be non-profit and (3) government has to set prices. Medicare has a 8% administrative overhead while private carriers are in at 19%. ObamaCare is overly complicated. Just extend Medicare. Gradually.

          • Thanks but no thanks. Medicare is bankrupt and doctors are fleeing the system. So you will be covered, but have no service. As for the UK:

            People in Britain underestimate the time they would have to wait for an NHS operation, a survey suggests
            The poll of 1,000 people, by TNS on behalf of Norwich Union Healthcare, showed most expect to wait five months for a hip operation.

            Most wait nearer 11 months, independent medical researchers Dr Fosters said.

            Patients also had unrealistic expectations for other operations and many said they did not know where to go to find out waiting times.

            Waits ‘improving’

            For knee surgery, the public were prepared to wait for three months and expected to wait for five months.

            The actual wait for a knee replacement is a year, data from Dr Foster suggests.

            Two-thirds of those questioned said they would not know where to go to find information on waiting lists and a tenth did not realise they could access this type of information.

            Dr Doug Wright, clinical development manager at Norwich Union Healthcare said: “People aren’t necessarily taking advantage of the information that is available and they may be waiting several months for something like a hip operation in their area, when it could actually be done more quickly elsewhere.”

          • The Dude Abides

            It appears that you are focused on hip replacements. You okay? Gotta do something with this health care though. Boomers gonna bankrupt the whole health care system. My consenus was based on a study out of Princeton which compares the five countries. Many are suffering because costs are two low. 94 bucks for a MRI in Taiwan. I do believe you can wait here as well.

          • Now you are cherry picking your data. I did research on hip replacements, knees repacements, mammograms, angioplasties, prostate cancer screening, MRI’s, CAT scans, and cancer survival rates, and if you live in the UK or Canada and you might have need for any of these services provided by the state, or want to survive a bout with cancer you are SOL, if you are over 65 or under 40 in the case of mammograms. Americans will be marching in the streets when they find out just how little healthcare will be available as part of Obamacare. The FDA’s recent actions with respect to an “expensive” breast cancer treatment is just the beginning of the new regime’s effort to “control” healthcare costs by denying treatment. Medical tourism will become a very big business in the US.

          • The Dude Abides

            The French would disagree. Not cherry picking. Thought you had a thing about hip replacements. I don’t see the big concern about Obamacare. You keep your own insurance. It is designed for those uninsured. You still are avoiding the issue: we can not afford to continue at this rate of health care costs. You seem to be avocating survival of the fittest once again?

          • The French experience does not support your argument. Currently about 85% of French citizens have private health insurance up from 15% not too long ago. The French are opting out of a government run healthcare system.

          • The Dude Abides

            Welp, if socialized medicine does not work as you describe with Sweden and France + private care is bankrupting the country, we are doomed. Adding 30 million to the Medicare rolls in the next few years will mean its demise.

          • There is no such thing as a free lunch. BTW education costs have been increasing faster than medical costs (by some measures) for the last 30 years.

          • The Dude Abides

            Is that mostly unversity or K-12? Or both?

          • College costs are rising the fastest, but K-12 is not far behind.

          • The Dude Abides

            So when does the bubble burst???

          • Dude: Interesting question about the bubble. Some nefarious individuals are finding ways to short student loans. Students have borrowed large amounts of money, but there are no jobs. How will they pay back the loans, which have now been bundled and sold? Sound familiar?

          • The Dude Abides

            Yep. And you can’t discharge student loans in a Chapter 7. Nasty.

  4. Don’t forget the ~10 daily spots in the big lot on the NY-bound side of the metro north. I park in the spots over in lot 8 just to avoid getting my door dinged there.

  5. Kim Crowther Manning

    I once was witness in this lot to a woman backing out of a space and slamming right into the car parked in the space behind her, taking off other car’s bumper. There is no way the driver could not have felt the impact, yet she drove off out of the lot as though nothing had happened. Thankfully I got her plate # and coincidentally found the person whose car was damaged in the waiting room of the Drs. office I was visiting. No doubt the driver was in the same lot next day visiting her doctor to be treated for whiplash.

  6. Thanks, Kim, for intervening! I was in a parking lot with my preschool daughter (who is now 41) when a woman got into her car and ROARED out of the parking space, totally sideswiping the car next to her. Well, I popped my daughter on a car hood and pretended to tie her laces while thinking, “This is only an old joke but just in case ….” So the woman got out of her car and wrote a note and put it under the damaged car’s wiper. Then she drove off. I’d also memorized her plate number and went over to see what she had written. The paper was blank! Dirty lady. So I wrote a note saying that I’d seen what happened and here was the lady’s license plate and if the driver had any questions I left my phone # too. Well, the next day he called me to say thanks … because his insurance company said that with my note, the person would be fully covered. So it always pays to keep our eyes open and write down a plate number if the driver isn’t going to play fair!