Dear Urban Diplomat: Can I stop my neighbours from renting out their front yards as parking spots?
Dear Urban Diplomat,
I moved near the Gay Village last year and noticed many of my neighbours renting out their front yards as parking spots—for exorbitant rates—during Pride Week. I doubt this is legal, and gouging visitors is certainly not ethical. Plus, it makes my neighbourhood look like a hick town. How can I dissuade my neighbours from repeating the scam this year and sullying the area’s image?
—NIMFY, Upper Jarvis
I love that you’re okay with Pride’s endless stream of free-swinging boobs, butts and genitalia but incensed at the sight of a car on a lawn. In fact, I share your cosmopolitan discernment. As you suspected, city bylaws prohibit parking anywhere that’s not licensed, and the practice of renting out licensed spots is likewise verboten. There’s no cop assigned to the yard rental beat, however—it’s based on a complaint system—so call it in if you must, but don’t be disappointed if the SWAT team isn’t dispatched with haste. As for the ethics of overcharging: honestly, why do you care? It’s once a year. If Pride-happy revellers are willing to pay through the nose, let them. They want to party, not fret over a few bucks. You might benefit from following their lead.
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3 thoughts on “Dear Urban Diplomat: Can I stop my neighbours from renting out their front yards as parking spots?”
Apparently, you have not been near the blocks northwest of the CNE. Each year, people rent out their front yards for parking, to make up for the noise and make a few bucks. Same thing happened in Etobicoke around the St. George’s Golf and Country Club during the 2010 Canadian Open. Its not year-round. If it was, then I’ll complain.
What a nation of budding fascists. Somebody else’s yard becomes ‘not in my front yard’? Dissuade your neighbours about using their property for whatever reason? If they chose to farm vegetables in abudance or raise chickens would that also ‘sully’ the neighbourhood. Cheap filth like these are so suited to the soulless rows of same looking houses in the suburban sub-divisions. When the US has dissolved into complete tyranny (getting there fast) Nazi’s like these will pitch in to make sure Canada joins in as well.
They’re providing a service, and personally, I applaud their entrepreneurial spirit. If what they’re doing isn’t dangerous and the cars aren’t damaging your property, I’d probably just let it go.
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