Eyes on the Street: Taking the Lane

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From a Streetsblog tipster comes this shot of five of the city’s 142,000 placard-bearing vehicles parked in the bike lane on Lafayette Street between Franklin and White.

What was especially damning is that in the real parking spaces, to the left of these double-parkers, there were about three vacant legitimate spots.

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