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Street Sweeping's Super Surveillance

By Margaret Lyons in News on Oct 19, 2007 4:16PM

2007_10_19.sweep.jpgWe already know we're under surveillance ... well, pretty much all the time. But it looks like the City may be adding some more robot overlords in the near future: City Hall is looking for companies to provide high-res cameras to be attached to street sweepers to photograph illegally parked cars. The cameras would capture a pic of your license plate, and you'd get a ticket in the mail. Most street sweeping tickets are $50.

Right now, street sweeping signs are posted the day before the streets get ... swept, and the signs are "predominantly made of paper," as our most favorite reporter in the city Fran Spielman puts it. (Not being facetious. We fucking love Fran Spielman. Call us!) Anyhow, the signs aren't particularly reliable, and Alderman Ed Smith (28th), Ricardo Munoz (22nd) and Helen Shiller (46th) think permanent signs are a better start. What about thered/green-light signs currently in the 1st Ward?

Photo from the 12th Ward's site.