Spaced Out

No parking, but all choked up

For proper Bostonians, finding a legal parking space in the traffic-choked downtown area is no tea party these days. Until two years ago, resourceful motorists could take an illegal spot with little fear of reprisal: the parking-ticket collection rate was a low 15%. And practically any Bostonian could get a ticket fixed. "In a way it was a very democratic system," explains City Traffic and Parking Commissioner John Vitagliano. "Anybody who actually paid their tickets back then was obviously from the boondocks. The whole thing was a...

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