Viewpoint: Parking in Front Yards

Albany city commissioners are about to decide whether neighborhoods could ban residents from parking their own cars in their own front yards.

The city can already force you to cut your grass if it gets too high and can regulate how you display political signs in your yard, but this new proposal just goes too far. If you buy a car and pay taxes on it, and you own a home and pay taxes on it, it's not the city's business where you park your car.

And get this. Each individual block would get to vote on whether the rule applies to them. How are those "elections" going to be held? Can residents demand a new vote every time new people move in? How are code enforcers supposed to keep up with where yard parking is legal and where it isn't?

Albany has plenty of problems that deserve attention. This one is a waste of time.

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