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A Truly Unique Parking…Chair, 2009

bedside toilet used as parking chair.

A parking…toilet.

Surely people will think twice before moving this to swipe the parking space. If you can’t tell with the size of the image you see, it’s a bedside toilet.

You might need to be from Pittsburgh to understand the concept of “parking chair”. With crowded hilly streets built with houses before each household had four vehicles, parking spaces are at a premium in most neighborhoods.

If you want your parking space to be available when you get home from work, or after you’ve shoveled snow out of your spot and carried it into your back yard, the only place available for it, you typically take a “lawn chair”, usually one of those aluminum-frame numbers with woven nylon webbing that always need to be replaced in the spring fix up for your yard and porch, and simply place it in your parking spot and drive off. No self-respecting Pittsburgher would ever move a parking chair, though there are those who have little self-respect…

Other types of chairs can be used, but by and large, it’s a chair because anything else might be misinterpreted and helpfully placed on the sidewalk like a box, or a weight bench, or a…toilet.

This was spotted on 39th Street in Lawrenceville, right at the corner with Butler Street. Nope, I wouldn’t touch it.

Closeup of the parking toilet.

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3 responses

  1. Great picture!

    October 21, 2012 at 12:55 pm

  2. That is a bit out of the norm. But then, on the bright side, if waiting for a parking space, that could be handy.

    October 20, 2012 at 6:06 pm

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