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UPDATED: Anarchist Group Hits Edgewood Avenue Parking Meters

PARKatlanta, police targets of group that seeks to incite rage.

From city council members to residents to tourists, PARKatlanta is certainly not short on detractors.

Now, the private company, which is contracted to provide parking enforcement for the city of Atlanta, can add another group the list: Anarchists.

A self-described anarchist group with "a profound hatred of the privatized parking enforcement in Atlanta" hit a string of parking meters along Edgewood Avenue Sunday, rendering 45 of them inoperable along a stretch of the road that spans from the Sweet Auburn district to Downtown.

The group used industrial epoxy to prevent motorists from putting money into the meters' coin slots.

On Tuesday, the group struck again, hanging a banner on the Freedom Parkway overpass in Old Fourth Ward that read: For the silent ones <3/F*** grand juries.

It said the acts are to show solidarity with fellow anarchists in Portland, Ore. and Seattle and Olympia, Wash. in the wake of a reported grand jury investigation in Seattle.

The Seattle Times reported the grand jury is looking into May Day-related vandalism in the Pacific Northwest.

"This is just a small gesture of solidarity with comrades in Portland, Seattle, and Olympia who are resisting the grand jury which released 6 subpoenas late last month," the group wrote in an e-mail to East Atlanta Patch.

"We know that the point of these hearings is to stultify the rebellion of those in the Pacific-Northwest who have helped to escalate the unending social war of which we are all apart. All across the country — in San Francisco, Oakland, New York, East St. Louis, the Twin Cities, Seattle, and elsewhere — anarchists have decided to meet this repression with further attacks against the dominant social order. We hope that our humble act warms the hearts of all who resist."

On its Say Nothing blog, the group says it has attacked courthouses in Kirkland, Wash. and East St. Louis, Ill., a police recruitment center in Oakland, Calif., and a number of banner drops in several cities.

Contacted Monday afternoon, Benita Hardy, PARKatlanta's project program officer, said she was unaware of any widespread damage to the meters on Edgewood and did not have an immediate comment.

An Atlanta Police Department spokesman said the agency had not been officially notified of the vandalism — the meters are owned by PARKatlanta — but added such property crimes are taken seriously.

"The destruction of property is a crime and if we are able to find those responsible they will face criminal charges," APD spokesman Carlos Campos said. "We welcome anyone with information to contact the Atlanta Police Department - or Crime Stoppers Atlanta’s tip line if they wish to remain anonymous."

Creative Loafing reported that while the meters are offline, PARKatlanta will not ticket motorists who park their vehicles at the broken meters.

Bob Crossett August 12, 2012 at 04:34 AM
To C Kayne: Follow the money trail to Shirley Franklin, her family and to H Lamar Willis. We can still boot Willis out of office, but we must continue our war against Park Atlanta criminals.
wiseoldsnail August 16, 2012 at 02:29 PM
crime? i'd not call this crime. it's criminal behavior for a city to do things against the wishes of the people that cost the people money. 'elected officials' are supposed to be representing the people. instead, they pretend to believe the people are stupid, so they make decisions to screw the people in favor of upping pay for police, using tax dollars to purchase chemical weapons to be used against protestors, etc. not to mention, those claiming responsibility for this action made it known that this is in protest against the government for them using grand jury subpoenas to stifle dissent. grand jury subpoenas are supposed to be used against criminals, not protestors. not only does the constitution protect our right to assemble and protest, it holds us responsible to do so. the criminals are the police and court system, who are allowing themselves to be used as pawns in a game of stifle.
wiseoldsnail August 16, 2012 at 02:39 PM
not really. parking fees actually slow business to small businesses. large businesses can afford to purchase whole parking lots. parking meters are not worth what they cost to operate, in the long run. though they may bring in more than the expenditure for direct enforcement, that doesn't begin to address the costs of court time, etc... and the overall negative impact on small business. as with so much, it's government benefitting at the expense of people.
wiseoldsnail August 16, 2012 at 02:40 PM
what balls? you assume anarchists are male? duh
Kirkwood Resident August 20, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Let's break this down simply. No PA means then you go back to inept city enforcement of meters and consistent tax burden/loss. Higher tax payer expense costs you more money since now more tax payer revenue is going to city for parking enforcement versus current setup. It is proven that free parking in a city causes more harm to businesses because employees of businesses park there in the morning to avoid monthly private parking fees. End result is no parking on street for customers and tourists. They must pay higher rate in private parking lot. What PA does is enforce the parking regulations. It is very easy to follow those regulations and pay the meters. Not sure how that makes them crooks because you made a mistake and did not pay or went over the time limit. Have some sense of responsibility for your actions. I have been ticketed and I paid. I made a mistake. It was my fault. Not the government or anarchists, but mine. So if you want to fight the system then ride your bike, walk, and don't drive. Support more trails and sustainability. Put your anger and energy to building more parks and areas where people can get to know each other and congregate. How about a community garden where people learn they can survive off the grid just a little bit more. or give a speech to others on the tyranny of government? But vandalizing equipment just costs us, the public, through taxes, so why not do something that truly helps others?

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