The Reasoning Behind the Ban on Overnight Parking In the Shorewood (or the BAY)??

Light Rail, Parking, Police, Taxes

On is an excellent blogger, Kevin Buckley, who recently wrote a posting about getting a ticket for parking overnight in front of his house ----  (you can read his entire posting at:

Some excerpts from his posting:

 " We've lived in Whitefish Bay 10 years and it finally happened. 

We woke up one morning and my wife said .. "Oh, crap.  We left the car in the street over-night."  

Maybe we won't have a ticket, I foolishly thought.  Maybe they saw our car and thought, hey, I know that car.  I'll bet they just forgot to pull their car into their driveway.  No need to penalize them.

Not a chance .. there, in blaze orange was our $15 night-parking ticket.

Man, I hate that law.  How does $7,000 in yearly property taxes not give you the right to park in front of your house? 

I can't say I understand the premise of the 3am-5am parking restriction.  To prevent crime?  Not sure I believe that.  The car parked next to my house is far more hidden than one on the street.   To control the number of cars each household can own?  That doesn't make much sense, as if you have a long driveway, you could easily park a half-dozen cars on your drive.   Maybe it's so the street sweepers can do a good job.  Of course, they don't roll at 3am-5am, so that's no good.

Seriously, if anyone knows the theory behind this law, I'd love to hear it. "


I wrote some Comments back to Kevin regarding overnight parking ......


Like many laws, the one prohibiting overnight parking was passed for one reason --- while another one --- Crime --- was used as both the obstensible reason and also "CODE" for the Real Reason.

And like every law that has outlived the original reason for its being --- if it generates revenue, the politicians will NEVER take it off the books.

Almost all collar suburbs of metropolitan areas had these no overnight parking laws, to control who came in and out of the municipality.  (Read between the lines --- keep the Blacks out of town).  

I would guess that at one time, Whitefish Bay also had covenants on the property deeds (as many, many suburbs did), which restricted a sale of the property to certain groups, such as Colored and Jewish.

The Civil Rights laws of the 60's made all those racist covenants non-binding and unenforceable, but they would still be recorded on the paperwork with the Register of Deeds.

Interestingly, the same tactics are used today, by politicians who fight against light rail to the outer suburbs.

Those suburbs have gobbled up jobs with low cost industrial park development, but now they have a problem of getting the low cost labor from the Central City out to where the jobs are.

Light rail would indeed be a solution to the labor problem, but it would create a new problem by making travel to the predominantly White suburbs, easy for the Lower Class Blacks from the City !!

In fact in the good old bad days, when there were streetcars that ran into the suburbs like Whitefish Bay and Shorewood, it was not uncommon for the police chief or cop to see who was getting off, and ask them why they were coming to town.

The stripping away of rights and constitutional guarantees did not start with Bush and Cheney -- they have been around a long time and are always just below the surface, waiting for some ---any reason --- for the officials to try to strip them away, in the name of National Security ---- or Crime Prevention !!!

So when you pay that ticket, you can at least take cold comfort in the fact that the prevailing attitude of keeping the Bay Whitefolks is not as prevalent as before --- but they still want your money --- because they can get it and claim to be keeping taxes down.




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