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Monday, October 17, 2005

The Demise of the MDC "Parking Perk" at BC Football Games

Last week's Boston Globe had an interesting story about a "parking perk" for Boston College football games enjoyed by "a select group of connected politicos, cops, and fortunate family members" who were essentially granted free tailgating privileges on state-owned land just outside Alumni Stadium. The continuance of this perk had long been facilitated by the State Police, who "were known to stand at the triangle, clipboard in hand, admitting invited people to their space."

After complaints of public urination and excessive noise, Boston College and Boston police aleted state authorities about the situation. Environmental Affairs Secretary Stephen Pritchard recently issued several "sternly worded letters" prohibiting this activity. The Globe went on to report:
The final directive banning the perk was issued Sept. 16. The next day, traffic to the BC-Florida State game was tied up in an unusual, epic jam. BC ... received 'countless complaints' from fans. What caused it?

Lint said State Police were trying to implement a new traffic plan designed to remove a ''dangerous crossover" up the street from the stadium. It didn't work as well as hoped. I'd like to believe him.
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