Comment 59636

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted February 12, 2011 at 11:53:57 in reply to Comment 59462

It's interesting, I feel, how differently this "tragedy of the commons" plays out between sidewalks and parking spaces.

Sidewalks provide a network of easily traversed, relatively safe routes. All, or most must be shovelled or that whole part of the network is useless. If everyone plays their part, everyone wins.

Parking spaces are needed in a very different way. And while one person may shovel one spot for their one car, the second they leave, it becomes available to others, and there may be none other nearby. It creates a sort of individualistic enforced competition which really doesn't help community spirit. Every time it snows, my neighbours start shouting.

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