Investigative Reporting

Students find parking rules ignored by restaurant valets

Traffic often crawls through some of Boston’s busiest downtown streets as restaurant valet parkers leave diners’ empty cars double parked. In their reporting for an article published on the front page of the Boston Globe on December 21, students in Prof. Walter Robinson’s Investigative Reporting class observed a large number valet parked cars in front of some of Boston’s most prestigious restaurants. The article, “Valet parking violations punished lightly, if at all,” noted that the Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing rarely punishes violators. One restaurant owner found violating parking regulations was forced to suspend entertainment for two days.

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