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Old 02-17-2010, 10:31 AM   #1
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The house I am about to move (and currently renovating) into has mostly street parking which doesn't really bother me. I've lived on campuses and in areas with only street parking and it is usually fine, however there is a vehicle that hasn't moved in about a month and it is directly in front of my house. I checked with the city and a vehicle is considered abandoned after not moving for 24 hours - so technically this vehicle is abandoned. The nature of the neighborhood however involves a lot of bikes and walking but most people still own and use cars pretty regularly. I could understand a car not being used for a week, but a month seems pretty extreme to me - especially with the amount of snow we have had in the last few weeks.

I can't decide if i should be 'that guy' and have it reported as abandoned or not. It's been there a month - which is a long time. A week wouldnt bother me, but a month is a lot...

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Call it in as a suspicious vehicle. The police will respond and run the plates, and at least determine if the vehicle had been stolen. You can mention that you are concerned because it had been there for some time, and do not recognise it as one of your neighbor's.

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OK. It's time to be neighborly and ASK YOUR NEIGHBORS WHO'S CAR IT IS.

Do this BEFORE you call the cops or you BECOME the bad neighbor.

After all if you want to live in that neighborhood staring off by calling the cops is a bad move.
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Play nice as suggested. Then have it towed away or into a neighboring spot that is out of your way. You can request to have a vehicle, even legally parked, moved out of your way and placed elsewhere under most public easement laws--exercised with fair notice. Up to local law enforcement if they want to ticket and impound the vehicle.

Why is this an issue? I thought everybody in Louisville owned a thoroughbred race horse?
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OK. It's time to be neighborly and ASK YOUR NEIGHBORS WHO'S CAR IT IS.

Do this BEFORE you call the cops or you BECOME the bad neighbor.

After all if you want to live in that neighborhood staring off by calling the cops is a bad move.

I agree completely.
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Is the vehicle plated and insured?
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There would be no way for someone to know if the vehicle was insured or not. (At least in the sate of MN). Insurance does not need to be displayed. You are under no obligation to show it to anyone other than a Licensed Peace Officer unless involved in a crash.
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Are you sure its been there a month without moving ?

I worked at one site & was always there before the majority of the people arrived
I parked in a spot further away from the building since the lot never filled up - no cars near me
Same spot, same angle parking near a tree every day
Someone called the main desk & said it was abandoned & had been there a month or more
They announced the plate over the loudspeaker & I had to go down & tell them it was my car & I drove it every day
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I know it hasn't moved in at least two weeks. there has been a constant layer of snow for at least that long (it is still covered in snow), prior to that I am very confident that it has not moved - street parking tends to be very dynamic and getting the same spot every time is tricky, especially with the bar across the way having trivia or karaoke every night and a huge lunch crowd (not saying it isn't possible - just not probable)

thanks for the advice! i had thought checking with the neighbors was the way to go but some of the areas i've lived in prior to this were not very neighborly...
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We have a ridiculous number of vehicles/drivers at our house and sometimes one car may sit in the street for weeks at a time. Before the fall my neighbor came to me and said, "Hey, Leah, will you move that during the fall so the city can keep the leaves out of the gutter?"

20 minutes later I had it in the driveway. All she had to do was ask.

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