Henry Grabar is a freelance writer and a former fellow at CityLab. He lives in New York.
It has become a Beantown tradition.
Instead of paying the lousy city for issuing a lousy parking ticket, Boston residents can donate a new toy of equal or greater value to a charity for underprivileged children.
This is the 19th year that Boston has operated the "Toys for Tickets" program, through which any non-public safety parking ticket issued between today and Saturday may be paid in toys. Ticketed Bostonians have until December 8 to bring in toys, with receipt, to have tickets voided.
In 2010, the Toys for Tickets program contributed over $3,000 worth of toys to charity.
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