I'd roundly mock this Sydney person, except I think we should be happy they're not expecting to park out on the street for free. Oh the entitlement ....like this psychopath, courtesy of Bike Snob (it's too hot today to read and write my own take on a NY Times article when frankly The Snob has written the ultimate take-down of this thug, with just the right amount of profanity in it. For my taste anyway.
" ... for 13 years, Ben Bowman has taken part in a ritual all too familiar to city car owners who park on the street. Twice a week, he moves his Jeep from one side of West 68th St. to the other to make way for street cleaners.
W. 68th Street is in the vicinity of Lincoln Center and numerous other cultural institutions, educational facilities, and famous landmarks. If you live on W. 68th Street you can walk to everything from the Metropolitan Opera to the Dakota to an Imax movie theater to a Lowe's Home Improvement to a Trader fucking Joe's. It is also extremely well served by public transit should you need to leave the neighborhood. Given this, it probably won't surprise you to learn that free street parking is at a premium. Yet, despite all this, Ben Bowman opts to deal with the hassle of keeping not just any car but this dumbass Jeep with a fucking light bar on the roof because you need that in the middle of Manhattan:
Hey, I'm sure Ben Bowman has his reasons for wasting two days a week amid this embarrassment of cultural riches in order to move a soccer mom car on steroids from one side of the street to the other. Maybe he's an avid outdoorsman who makes frequent trips to the country. Maybe his job requires him to haul lots of equipment at a moment's notice. Or maybe he just likes the damn thing. And I wouldn't care, either, except that it's turning him into a raving fucking lunatic:
With space at a premium, things can get ugly, such as the time another driver snuck into a spot Bowman had been waiting to take.
"I went to my truck and pulled out my tire iron and stood by his door, and I said 'You can have this spot, but you're taking a beating when you get out."
Yes, here's Ben Bowman, Upper West Side resident, inhabitant of one of the most rarefied and privileged bubbles in the United States and therefore the world, explaining to a TV camera that he threatened to assault somebody with a tire iron for taking the parking space that he doesn't even fucking own.
Yet incredibly this is not a news story about mental illness, or even about how Ben Bowman should just move the hell upstate already. It's a story about how hard it is for unfortunate souls such as Ben Bowman to find free car storage on a small island with excellent 24-hour mass transit that also happens to be the most densely populated county in the United States:
Drivers say tensions and the time it takes to find a space have been increasing since the city began eliminating parking spaces to install Citi Bike stations and dedicated bike lanes.
Here, let me fix that for you:
Drivers say tensions and the time it takes to find a space have been increasing since the city began.