An example of what my department is concerned with.
On behalf of my entire staff, I welcome you to the San Francisco Department of Sidewalk Parking. Note that we are not affiliated with any official San Francisco government agency or department.
The SFDSP's mission is to raise awareness, in a somewhat light-hearted way, of a serious problem in San Francisco. Their garages cluttered, converted to in-law units (mostly illegally), or unable to hold their excessive number of cars (and given that city streets are already chock full with that unmistakable manifestation of the American Dream), many of our fellow San Franciscans seem to think it is in their right to park their private vehicles right onto the public sidewalk. Often this means that street trees and front gardens are removed and concreted over (both are illegal), to make place for vehicles to park on it (also illegal). This practice not only turns entire once-charming and attractive neighborhoods into blighted, ugly, and depressing seas of concrete, but it also endangers pedestrians, harms the environment, and runs counter to the city's professed goal to create walkable, sustainable communities. The city has long been reluctant about confronting this problem. While you can report sidewalk parking to the DPT anonymously at 415-553-1200 (and in most cases, they will come out and ticket), it is our view that the City should take a much more aggressive stance against this blight and be more vigilant on enforcing zoning and permit laws.
The Department will be posting some of the more instructive examples of sidewalk parking and sidewalk blight, as well as background analysis and information on the legalities of certain practices, the authorities' response and efforts, and how you can help fight sidewalk blight.
I encourage you to contribute to the Department's work. Send your pictures and submissions to me.