Gov’t Employee Parking at the High Bridge Rec Center

A tipster sends along this snapshot of the parking lot… I mean, sidewalk, outside the High Bridge Recreational Center prior to the meeting last night to discuss plans for the revitalized High Bridge. The talk inside, she says, "was much more encouraging" than the government employee parking situation outside.

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