Many laws are enforced by the public either directly or indirectly by the threat of an observant public. People are deterred from committing an array of infractions for fear that wrongdoings will be observed by strangers and reported to authorities. Jane Jacobs called this phenomenon “Eyes on the Street,” and we regularly make decisions as city dwellers based on our safety and who will be able to assist us in a highly visible location versus one in the shadows.
Pine buffered bike lane blocked on a Sunday evening creating a safety hazard every weekend for Philly cyclists.
There is perhaps no issue that stifles Philadelphia’s public space & real estate development more than parking. Parking and loading is the reason why it took 9 years to install a pedestrian plaza at the Grays Ferry Triangles.