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So there's been this Lincoln Mark VIII parked in the road across the street from me. It's been in the same spot for more than three months. The whole time, the windows have been down (keeping in mind that it's springtime in Huntsville - we've probably had several inches of rain in that period). The rear end of the car is also practically on the ground - the tops of the wheels are buried in the wheel wells. I can't tell if this is some new fad or something, but it looks broken to me.

For the first couple of months, it had a license plate, because I looked closely at it one day and made a note that the plate expired in June. Interestingly enough, a few days later, the plate surreptitiously disappeared from the back of the car...

... which qualifies it an abandoned vehicle, according to the city.

Now, I really don't want to make a big deal out of this, but it looks trashy. This neighborhood is hardly wealthy, but it is solidly middle class. I really don't want it to slide down into some redneck hovel with people having broken cars on their lawns. Hell, I wouldn't even care if it was sitting in a driveway. But it has sat in a public roadway for months without moving.

I've tried to talk to my neighbor about it, but every time I've knocked on her door, no one answers. So, unfortunately, today, I had to escalate the problem. I called the city code enforcement office and filed a complaint.

One benefit of living in this area: they seem to take code enforcement fucking seriously. By the time I got home this afternoon, the car already had a little orange "abandoned vehicle" sticker on it.

Now, I don't know how long until they tow it. I don't want to attract attention by looking at the sticker, and they don't say what the city statutes may cover it. The state law says they have not less than seven days. So, hopefully, sometime in the next week, the eyesore will be gone.

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Date: 2011-05-19 04:10 am (UTC)
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I don't think you're anywhere in the wrong with this.

Especially given the weather you've been having, if something like that storm whips through again a little closer to home, that lifeless vehicle could easily become another piece of debris whipping through the area. It's one thing if it is being used, it's another if it is just being left there to rot.

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Date: 2011-05-19 12:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Simpson's Sing the Blues huh? CLASSIC. One of the first CD's I ever bought.

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Date: 2011-05-19 12:42 pm (UTC)
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Not to mention the thing sitting around like that makes it an excellent target for squatters...or kids looking to get into a bit of arson...or a place to dump a body, or some hot items, etc.

Also, considering the rain factor, MILDEW. Anyone else remember why houses in NO had to be condemned and torn down after Katrina?

It's a crime hazard AND a potential health hazard. It may also be a stolen vehicle, and if you happened to remember the license number before the plate was removed, you might want to turn that over to the cops. If nothing else, they may be able to locate the car's original owner.

what about your neighbor....

Date: 2011-05-19 10:03 pm (UTC)
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if you've not seen anything you might want to have the authorities check on them. Although, I am a bit sensitive to that due to some personal stuff last month.

re: car? I would have had it towed within a week so you're tolerant. Santa Clara city law is 72 hours and they're very prompt in enforcing that.


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Date: 2011-05-20 12:06 pm (UTC)
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I'm rather mixed about this, but then Central Florida tends to be something of a pit where there are plenty of extraneous vehicles laying around in random pieces.

To me, if the neighborhood isn't like Boca, I'd not find an issue with the vehicle just sitting around. It'd just make my neighbor's house look a bit trashier, which is fine by me. The only reason I see to have codes enforced much is if there is a direct and obvious danger from something or if the city/community is extremely strict about everything (like Boca) which serves to keep inflated land-values, well, inflated.

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Date: 2011-05-20 10:39 pm (UTC)
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I thought I was the only person who still knew that Simpsons album exists.


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