In the seventies there was a Gong Show contestant who did standup comedy with a paper bag over his head. His moniker was "The Unknown Comic". Now a Berkeley resident has given a makeover to the plastic bag that adorns broken parking meters. The bag is also an also indicator to meter maids that says basically "please don't ticket me - I tried to pay!" How it evolved (from SFGate's Matier & Ross):
- Anonymous resident and lawyer paid to park in a lot after several failed attempts to find a street spot with a working meter.
- Mr. Anonymous via M&R: "If the city of Berkeley would fix its meters, it could raise some (sorely needed) money," he thought to himself. "So what could we do to inspire them?"
- M&R: "The do-gooder lawyer considers the bags a major improvement on all those unsightly plastic sacks that people stick on broken meter heads. Not only that, he figured he could give his bags away to the homeless, who could then earn some spare change for themselves hawking them to the public."
- Carolyn, who stands outside the Cheese Board on Shattuck Avenue became his middleman.
- Carolyn's distribution business is busy - she's enlisted fellow homeless as staff.
- Berkeley has since launched an initiative to fix the meters. In the meantime, the broken ones now don a more attractive hat.
A bag may be a temporary, and not really a structure, but it communicates its message in a friendlier tone than the litter it replaced. Would Mr. Sucher consider this a CityComfort?