To the editor:
Ted Kleine's article "Das Boot" [August 25] confirmed what everyone in my rapidly gentrifying neighborhood already knows: that along with a huge influx of people and cars and rapidly rising prices come extraordinary numbers of boots. While it may be appropriate to boot chronic ticket-dodgers, neighborhoods like mine, where our property tax was increased by five hundred times this year, are great places to see how pervasive this action is. I believe he is correct in stating that the booting disproportionately affects those with lower incomes, who are unable to pay for parking.
Even more telling about the city's quest for revenue is a story particular to my street. We have recently noticed four cars with no license plates or stickers, one of which I witnessed being dropped off by a tow truck. These cars have neither been ticketed nor towed, despite several calls to the police and city hall. Not only that, but the police were completely disinterested in the name of the towing company which I witnessed placing cars here--I suppose that going after them would not be an efficient enough source of revenue. It is amazing to me that the only cars on our block which are ticketed or towed by the city are those with apparent owners, whereas if no revenue can be garnered from plateless cars they are left to take up space.
City efforts could be far more beneficial to us all if they were focused on ticketing for moving violations, an infinitely more dangerous problem. The thought that revenue from these boots probably financed those ridiculous and annoying concrete planters on Ashland Avenue makes it even more absurd.
Lisa J. Rosenthal