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Councilman Wants To Cut Down Hydrant "No Parking" Zone

Parking spaces are a precious commodity in New York city, one that will become even more precious after Mayor Bloomberg increases parking prices throughout the city next year to appease the budget Gods.
But Councilman David Greenfield has got commuters' backs: he has proposed legislation to cut down the no parking zone from the longstanding 15 feet to just 10 feet. He also wants to require city workers to paint markings to the left and right of all fire hydrants. The original 15-foot rule was issued so that fire trucks could parallel park next to hydrants. But those trucks dont have time to parallel park, they just pull up next to the hydrant. So they dont need a huge amount of space, Greenfield told Brooklyn Paper.

This year in Brooklyn, nearly 120,000 tickets were dished out for parking too close to a hydrant. An extra five feet on either side of a hydrant would create at least four additional parking spaces per block. 
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