Chris Brown Fights Crime
Even with the Grammy Award, Chris Brown’s temper and history of public outbursts make him ripe for parody in the overactive Internet age. Film Cow‘s Chis Brown: American Superhero finds the controversial artist in animated tights and cape, fighting crime in the form of destructive female villains who pose a threat to his beloved empire. Pounding on known criminals doesn’t exactly mirror what he did to an innocent Rihanna, but dialogue that pulls from the original 2009 police report as well as those post-Grammy tweets, makes for an entirely uncomfortable viewing experience for everyone involved. There will be a group that complains this video is three years too late and that Brown has moved onward and upward since his “mistake” before Grammy night, but 110,000 views and climbing will prove that some people really do never forget.
Team Breezy probably won’t find this funny, and it’s not the most suitable for work entertainment on account of an animated Brown beating up a handful of (animated) women, but it’s our duty to direct you to these creations making the rounds. If only there was a flying chair straight from the set of Good Morning America, too.
PARKING PLAN HITS A FEW NEW BACKUPS METERS PUT IN; A FEE SYSTEM LAGS
The Boston Globe (Boston, MA) August 28, 2005 | Robert Knox, Globe Correspondent Parking meters have shown up on some streets this summer, but overall progress on the new parking plan may be better measured by the calendar than by the hour.
Officials are now looking to the week after Labor Day for the full implementation of the much-heralded initiative that charges fees on previously unmetered downtown streets and waterfront parking lots, that increases enforcement, and that promises shuttle buses to take downtown workers to free satellite lots.
The town had expected the new plan, to manage nearly 2,000 parking spaces in the town center and waterfront, to go into effect in mid- July.
“It’s been a very gradual implementation, not what we envisioned,” said Jeff Chute, president of the Plymouth Development Corporation, which proposed the parking management system.
Corporation officials signed a contract in June with Central Parking, which operates MBTA parking lots, among others, to put the new system into effect. The effort has been put off until the end of the summer tourist season; officials attribute the postponement to delays in wiring new meters and parking lot fee systems.
So far, new meters have been installed and are operational on Water Street, a prime tourist parking site, and on Russell Street and in the Brewster Street parking lot, both prime town center parking areas near the county courthouse. web site best parking nyc
Applications for resident parking permits and waterfront employee parking permits have been processed. Parking rule enforcement has increased from 19 meter officer hours a week to 115 hours.
As a result, more tickets are being written. And Central Parking takes over collection of the parking tickets from the county court system on Tuesday.
But the major steps in the plan’s implementation are not expected until after Labor Day, when the electric wiring required for the “pay and display” parking machines in other town parking lots are installed by NStar. (Drivers will pay for and then display fee receipts in their cars.) Parking meters on side streets in the downtown and waterfront are also expected to be operational by then.
Another central component in the plan a free shuttle bus running through downtown and waterfront areas to carry workers from satellite parking lots to downtown stores and to take visitors to waterfront attractions has also been delayed. The corporation rejected private bus companies’ proposals as too expensive, and has now turned to the public regional transit authority GATRA, or Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority, to provide the shuttle service. The corporation had expected to spend $80,000 a year on the shuttle bus, but the bids came in at twice that amount.
GATRA runs several bus lines through Plymouth’s more densely populated sections. The service is subsidized by the state and the town to keep fares low.
Extending GATRA’s service would be the “most cost-effective way” to provide a free shuttle bus, said Denis Hanks, the town’s economic development director.
Hanks is scheduled to meet with the Board of Selectmen Tuesday to discuss the GATRA shuttle bus option. Selectmen must approve the new service, because it will cost the town more money on its annual GATRA assessment. Hanks said the corporation plans to reimburse the town for the increase from its parking fee revenue. go to site best parking nyc
Town center merchants are eager for the activation of the entire new system, which is intended in part to increase turnover in the streets near their stores.
“I don’t know what the holdup is; the summer is almost over,” said Ric Cone, owner of the Old North Street Tea and Curiosity Shop. Cone said that the Plymouth Development Corporation had done a good job in planning the new system, but that the meters are not yet in operation in front of his North Street store.
“I’m still waiting to see the implementation and enforcement,” Cone said.
Waterfront business owners, who have voiced fear that new parking fees would discourage customers and would make life harder on their employees, have yet to experience any effects, because lots near them remain free pending hookups. Meanwhile, applications for residential and waterfront employee parking permits have been much lower than expected, Hanks said.
The new meters on Water Street, with their 50-cents-an-hour fees, do not appear to have discouraged parking there, he said. Even as parking remains free in water front lots, people seem to be choosing to pay for Water Street spots close to restaurants and attractions such as Plymouth Rock.
“I’ve been guilty of that myself,” Hanks said.
Elaine Marx, owner of Cottage Garden, a gift and household items store on Main Street, says she still prefers the free parking on downtown streets permitted under the town’s old parking system.
“It was good the way it was before,” she said. “I’m curious to see what’s going to happen.” Robert Knox can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert Knox, Globe Correspondent
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