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On a diet: The ‘compact’ parking farce

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I'm back from vacation, so now it's time to get down to some serious calorie counting. Not because my clothes don't fit or I ate too much in Italy or because in Los Angeles people are obsessed with how they look, but because the parking spaces are getting smaller and the cars are getting bigger. I squeeze out of my car on a daily basis. This is not just an illusion. The "compact" spaces are taking over! Last week, I was trapped in the parking lot of Trader Joes by a car pulled right next to mine on the driver's side. I couldn't get in. When I asked the store clerk to page the person with the red Subaru and the "ILOVELA" license plate, the clerk shrugged and said that, "this happens to our customers at least once a day." ONCE A DAY! This is a brand-new store in West Hollywood. And additionally, there's abandoned carts floating around too – which adds the element of a bumper-car ride in an old amusement park, just to make it interesting. I'm not the only one who's noticed t...