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Deal with junk cars

The Spokesman-Review has done an excellent job of posting articles about the snow plowing and keeping citizens informed. Especially about moving the parked cars in Browne’s Addition so the plows can get through.

However, why stop with Browne’s Addition? Spokane has got to be the “Junk Car Capital” of the world. Just within a three-block radius of my house, there are over a dozen junk cars that have been parked on the street six months or longer. One hasn’t been moved in over a year. I bet this is the same story all over the city. Parts of my street and just about any side street are reduced to one lane due to cars that are not ever driven.

There is a city law on the books that cars on the street must be moved within a certain number of hours. So what’s the point of a law if it isn’t enforced?

With two to three feet of snow sitting on these junk cars, it’s easy to tell where the unused cars are. Why not ask for volunteers to make a once-a-season citywide sweep of the junk cars. Ticket these unused vehicles, and the money collected would probably pay for street repairs for years to come and clean the city up.

Richard Trerise

Spokane

 

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