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Perils of parking: A city on the hook

More than 90,000 cars are towed away in Boston each year. A Globe review finds the hot spots for losing your wheels.

To Lydia and Daniel Wee, heading into Allston for dinner one evening last spring, it looked like a dream come true in a city where it can be hell to park - an almost empty lot close to the restaurant, fronting a nearly deserted strip mall.

Signs warned that parking is for customers only, but there were so many empty spaces. Dinner would only last an hour. And this is Boston, where, when it comes to driving, rules can seem proudly optional.

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