It’s a tossup which event occurs more often in Westport: beautiful historic homes being torn down, or perfectly good cars being driven through strip mall storefronts.
It happened again Thursday. An SUV lurched into the front of the (fortunately vacant) former New York Sports Club.
Compo Shopping Center — where this went down — is a frequent target for this sort of poor parking. Gold’s and other nearby tenants have also been hit.
But it’s not confined to there. Up and down the Post Road, drivers plow through doors and plate glass windows with stunning regularity. On Riverside Avenue, Tutti’s was a victim earlier this year.
I’m pretty sure I know the reason for another type of accident: crashes at midday, on perfectly clear roads in beautiful weather. It’s drivers who text or otherwise use cell phones.
This epidemic is more puzzling. No matter how much we love our phones, we don’t use them while parking.
If you’ve got ideas — on the cause or the cure — click “Comments” below.
Meanwhile, here’s my advice: Stick to Main Street. No one in Westport can parallel park. So everyone is very, very careful.