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'No Alternate Side' Heaven or Hell in Park Slope?

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It may be safe to say that Park Slope is to the first neighborhood in New York to protest the loss of alternate side parking. Well, people are feeling a little conflicted, anyway. Maybe a lot conflicted. The Times and the Daily News weigh in today with very opposite headlines. The Times says: "New Parking Rules Receive a Wary Welcome." The Daily News says: "Joy spreads in Park Slope as hated alternate-side parking to be halted." Clearly, the sense one gets depends on the people to whom one talks. One email we say summed up the Save Alternate Side Parking forces fears like this: "Word has already spread and comments are out there like...'it's free to park in Park Slope....let's drive our car there and leave it all summer!'" The Good Riddance to Alternate Side Parking contingent, a representative of which is quoted in the Daily News, says: "It's a home run." The Times points out that cars left parked in one place for more than seven days are considered abandoned. Odds of disgruntled residents taping and photographing cars left in the neighborhood for days and bringing them to the local precinct? 10-1 in favor. The rumor about the Save Alternate Side Parking Rally planned for the weekend, however, is totally false. The experiment starts Monday.
· New Parking Rules Receive a Wary Welcome [NYT]
· Joy spreads in Park Slope as hated alternate-side parking to be halted [NYDN]