A town official orders a survey to widen sidewalks in front of a town parking lot and gets an unpleasant surprise.

Little parking lot holds big surprise

Globe Correspondent / January 31, 2008

As far back as just about anyone can remember, the parking spaces on Wells Avenue in Watertown have been known as the town lot. For the better part of 50 years, the parking meters there have collected coins for the town's treasury and town workers have plowed and maintained the Coolidge Square lot. There's even a sign erected by the town directing cars to the lot's 19 metered spaces, which are contained within a larger, private parking area.

There's only one problem: Watertown doesn't own the lot.

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