Hoboken I love you and I seek to be a positive force in the community but I am continually flabbergasted by the Perpetual Parking Panic. In the middle of my work day I went out to move my car for the street cleaner as I do every week and found my car was blocked in by a truck tarring Bloomfield to the east and cones blocking Garden to the west. There was no way the street cleaner could come through and turn around at Bloomfield were the steam from hot tar rose like a toxic cloud. So I called City Hall. I love calling City Hall, some of the nicest, most patient and helpful people work at city hall. The woman I spoke to had no idea why there wasn’t a sign on 5th street informing citizens they shouldn’t park there with the paving going on. She suspected street cleaning was on and suggested I move my car to be safe. I removed the cones and was caught in a quagmire of insanity that included “NO PARKING” signs on every street and traffic backed up for blocks because of the paving. I had an interview to do in ten minutes and so I ditched my car in the first spot I saw on the wrong side of the street with a sign glaring at me and ran home, did my interview and ran back out to engage once again in the madness. I eventually found a spot but that’s not the point.
I found M-F parking signs in my neighborhood that didn’t go up till Tuesday night.
Crossing guards had no idea why, HPU workers had no idea why. In fact for the most part it seems they feel the frustration of the people they are paid to ticket.
It is my understanding that 80 percent of Hoboken’s roads will be repaved by the end of the summer. If the town can pull that off its a miracle. I believe there are fewer people here because it is the middle of summer. I also believe there is a common sense solution.
*Give residents who pay for parking anyway a break. Let them park wherever they can find a spot when road work is going on
* When roadwork isn’t going on, refrain from ticketing for at least 10 minutes after a parking meter runs out to relieve that feeling that HPU Parking hawks are hiding behind storefronts to swoop in for the kill.
*Allows parents dropping off kids and people loading up cars to put their flashers on and if their flashers are on GIVE THEM A BREAK!
*Leave the delivery trucks alone, business is tough enough in Hoboken without making it almost impossible to make deliveries
*Create permits for people who work in Hoboken but don’t live in Hoboken so they don’t have to leave their jobs every two hours to pay the meter.
It’s good will, a stress reliever! And encourage public transportation for people coming into to shop, eat out or go to a bar by allowing any means necessary for them to get around without having to bring in their own car. I won’t say the U word that’s a state thing and I know cabbies don’t want to hear it. So maybe Hoboken could create an AP For Cabbies so they can used just like the U word.
Bring em on.
How about a petition urging the city to jump on the parking bandwagon and come up with some solutions!