Street Cleaning – St. John’s Biggest Money-Making Scam

07 Jul, 2009

Last night (and the night before) there was street cleaning on my street in Downtown St. John’s. I knew about it because shortly after moving in I got a street cleaning ticket (without warning) and I immediately jumped on the St. John’s Street cleaning mailing list. I also check the City of St. John’s website frequently.

But most people don’t.

In fact, I don’t think the city really cares about actually cleaning the streets. They send the street cleaners down the streets still lined with parked cars and put tickets on everyone’s windsheild. The streets don’t get cleaned. The city just gets paid.

If they were really concerned they would provide some kind of notice to residents and I am sure people would move their cars.

I know there is a mailing list, but I can’t say I blame the people who aren’t on the mailing list. They send an email every day and list every single street that gets cleaned. It’s a mess. You should be able to receive emails ONLY when the cleaning affects streets you are interested in.

I have said this before (about potholes and snow removal and sidewalk clearing) and I’ll say it again. I wish this city was more progressive instead of just reacting to each situation thrown its way.

Signs, flyers, or e-mails would be a great first step to getting our streets clean.

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  1. July 08, 2009

    The street cleaning thing is one of many stupid money making scams of St. John’s.
    I once got my car ticketed TWICE in the same day. It wasn’t like I tried to pull the old “they can’t ticket you when there’s already a ticket on your car”, they were actually 2 real tickets in one day.

    There’s a bunch of monkeys running the ticketing department.

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