If Toledo police are ever going to resume regular parking enforcement, their starting point should be just up the block from headquarters: Erie Street in front of Toledo Municipal Court. They could also write some obstructing-traffic citations to drivers who stop in the active travel lanes to let lazy passengers out.
Traffic behavior in front of that courthouse is a nightmare in the morning. I guess it shouldn't be surprising, since one presumes that many headed there are involved in court cases attributable to bad driving. But the illegal parking out front only makes it worse, as it induces those drivers unwilling to go farther away to drop their passengers off to stop right in Erie Street's active lanes -- often the left lane, from which passengers brazenly exit out the right-hand side door into the center lane, like the person in the picture did Tuesday morning. That often prompts traffic in the center lane to stop, too. Yep, that car behind him got to sit and stew while this was going on, but in other cases, those drivers stuck behind the dropper-offers simply veer into one of the other lanes. I nearly got creamed by somebody doing just that about 5 minutes earlier without checking his mirrors first, which is why I walked back over to the courthouse with a camera after parking. It didn't take me long to find various forms of traffic violations there, and it shouldn't be taking TPD so long to do something about it before somebody gets hit.
Of course, building the Toledo Municipal Court on the left side of a one-way street with no drop-off area was a ridiculously stupid idea, but that's water over the dam now. If the muni court building is ever replaced, put it in a better spot, OK?