For the residents of the Uppertown neighborhood in Astoria, Oregon, who just want to park on their own street, it’s been a rocky road indeed.
Sitting atop a hill on 38th Street is the house where the title characters of the 1985 cult classic film, “The Goonies,” made their home. For years, the location has attracted fans of the film from far and wide, resulting in illegal parking and clogged streets. The Daily Astorian reports that parking problems reached an apex when the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce staged a celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary in 2015, drawing thousands of visitors each day for an entire summer. Residents reported being harassed by tourists, who have sometimes taken to walking on private property to reach the Goonies house. The city posted a number of “No Parking” signs in the area, but they’ve been met with only a moderate level of compliance.
A discussion was hosted by Astoria officials earlier in October to find solutions to the parking problems. Several ideas were floated, from social media strategies to suing Steven Spielberg, who produced the film. Ultimately, the decision came down to a big chunk of change.
The City Council held a first reading of an ordinance to modify city code and enhance parking violation fees to $100. There will be a second reading and the ordinance will be officially adopted at a meeting in November.
City Councilor Bruce Jones, who represents Uppertown, told The Daily Astorian, “This is a really good recommendation for a first step.” About the behavior that prompted the enhanced fines in the first place, Jones opined, “Most fundamentally, it’s a problem of around the world these crazy people think that was a good movie.”
“The Goonies,” directed by Richard Donner, is about a group of misfit kids trying to find lost pirate treasure in the hopes of saving their home from being destroyed by greedy land developers. It starred Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, and Corey Feldman, and was one of the top ten highest-grossing films of 1985.