So, I was downtown Portland (the east coast one) running some errands today, and I decided to stop by a friend’s shop. The shop’s located on a side street right downtown, and the parking is usually very sparse around her place. So much so, that I usually just park in the No Parking or Loading Zone spots along the street. Then I stand by her all-glass storefront and keep an eye on my car. Even on weekends, the Ticket Masters (ahem, ticket police) are out in force and, on nice days, patrolling the streets on bicycles.