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article imageYoga-themed parking tickets not calming people

By Lynn Curwin     Sep 22, 2010 in Crime
Parking tickets with a yoga theme are being handed out in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The city may have thought the yoga images would be calming but they don't appear to have that effect on those being fined.
“I don’t think it’s working,” the Boston Herald quoted Hyunho Noh, 29, of saying as he went to pay $25 ticket. “I don’t like it. There’s no way to like it.”
The tickets come with an envelope displaying the “citation salutation,” a play on the Sun Salutation.
Andrew Buote, 48, who had received a $95 tickets, was not impressed with the fact that the city paid to have the envelopes designed.
“Find out how much money it cost,” he said. “That’s how much money they wasted.”
There were 40,000 yoga parking tickets printed.
“It’s trying to debunk the idea that all parking tickets are a hostile action, because I don’t think they are,” the Boston Herald quoted Susan E. Clippinger, the city’s transportation chief, as saying. “We’re not writing tickets to get somebody. We’re writing tickets to help make the city function.”
She said there has been a mixed reaction from the 33 parking enforcement officers who write about 340,000 tickets every year.
The tickets are part of a project by artist-in-residence Daniel Peltz.
“During his residency, Peltz learned that the aim of the Department of Traffic, Parking and Transportation was to maintain flow in the city, which led him to imagine a more peaceful exchange between Parking Control Officers and drivers being ticketed,” says the Cambridge Arts Council web site.
The project, which is called Crossing Non-Signalized Locations, also includes
“10,000 Excuses,” a large drawing created from excuses given by ticketed drivers, and new signs such as one that says: "If you're reading this sign, You're reading this sign."
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