The street is not the property of adjacent landowners.

Warning! High degrees of bile contained within! The excellent weather and low-stress environment up here in the UP of Michigan have somehow had the exact opposite effect as you might have predicted on my reaction to some more typical neighborhood association nonsense back home.
Here’s the story: Some puff media are covering and some less puffy blogs are mocking the protests about the sidewalk-coverin’ parking-reducin’ patio on South Congress. Here’s M1EK’s position for you, women’s health short and bileful:
TRUDY’S SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BUILD MORE PARKING. Requiring suburban amounts of parking for this restaurant in a thriving urban area merely ensures that development will remain suburban in scope and blighted in quality. This is a city. Grow up, idiots.
COVERING UP THE SIDEWALK = TEH SUCK. Don’t expect my sympathy when you cover up the damn sidewalk, you Trudy’s buttheads.
MAKING FUN OF PEOPLE WHO DON’T WANT TO STEP OFF THE SIDEWALK = TEH SUCKIER SUCK. It’s easy for you or me to hop off a curb for a while. Now imagine you’re in a wheelchair, or walking with a cane, you smug jackasses. Real cities have sidewalks. EVERYWHERE. (Note: The smug jackasses are sort of implied here; nothing in the non-puffy blog was all that smug about this; but I’ve seen this sentiment displayed in other circumstances. This city is way too mellow about protecting pedestrian infrastructure).
BITCHING ABOUT NOT BEING ABLE TO PARK IN “YOUR SPACE” IN FRONT OF YOUR HOUSE = TEH SUCKIEST SUCK OF ALL TEH SUCKS. Again, you don’t own the space in front of your house, you reactionist retards. YOU DON’T OWN THE STREET IN FRONT OF YOUR HOUSE. (* – RPPP notwithstanding).
I’m thinking of getting those points printed on a big sign (with protruding asterisk for maximum pointiness) and then smacking the neighborhood association jerks over the head with it. Who’s with me?
(Yes, the link is to the newer, and much more acceptable, Parking Benefit District; I can’t find a general site for the RPPP, so sue me).

Comment problem finally figured out / fixed?

Several people reported a problem making comments – my “comments pending” template led them to believe comments were being held for moderation, information pills but really they were completely vanishing – I never saw them. It finally hit me (I’m on the road in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and was trying to respond to a comment) and I finally figured it out after some help from Mr. Google – it appears to have been due to interaction with an old MT plugin which attempted to deflect comment spam by some javascript typing-detection stuff. Not necessary with the new MT antispam stuff, I think, so I’ve turned it off. Those who had problems before are invited to retry, please.