Just a few minutes ago, I was standing on the 44 (because of course the bus was jammed), and looking out the window at all the cars parked in the curb lane.  I got a really good look at a few of them, because traffic was so bad the bus inched along more slowly than people walking beside it on the sidewalk.  Sometimes the bus just stopped.  That gave me a chance to think.  One thing I thought was, Why is the city renting space on the road for people to park their cars — at a rate of quarters an hour — when there isn’t enough space on the road for this bus full of 120 people to move?