Do the math!

Parking lines: where’s the common sense?

One Hoboken resident shows how inept our city is on a regular basis. Here is how a section of “road” (if you want to even call it that) looked prior to getting re-striped recently:

No parking on Madison Street Hoboken NJ

After getting the runaround from city hall…

“After the city repaved our street they repainted the parking lines in front of my condo. Unfortunately, they decided to paint parking lines between my neighbor’s driveway and mine.

Historically, they had painted the entire length of our complex as a driveway. The narrow spot between driveways does not fit even the smallest of compact cars, but that is not preventing people from trying to wedge in and as a result blocking portions of our driveways. It’s become a safety concern because of the visibility issues backing out. To make matters worse we are already subject to double parking due to a nearby school.

I wanted to know if there was a minimum size for a street spot in Hoboken or a way to request the lines removed. I can’t seem to get any answers from the city.”

Here is the area in question today:

Madison Street impossible parking space

I guess they’re on a “line painting” high of some kind.

(Note: This spot could “technically” hold a scooter or motorcycle – which are street-legal vehicles – but there should be some signage that indicates a limitation type – or more “paint” that says “motorcycle only?”).

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4 Comments on "Do the math!"

andynj
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andynj

The city has commissioned a bunch of engineers to go around and re draw all the parking lines in a effort to say they have “created” more parking spaces. I applaud this decision but am thoroughly dismayed at the execution of it. They have taken 2 ft of every driveway in the city in a attempt to create one more parking space per block. In some places this makes sense, however on my street it means I can no longer get a car bigger than a Smart car in and out of my garage or park a car in my driveway for which I have a driveway parking permit. When you ask a bunch of engineers how wide a driveway should be this is the answer you get. There is no foresight in the management of this town and Dawn Zimmer needs to be accountable for these decisions that directly affect the people who pay her wages.

annmarief
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annmarief

The workers are probably following direction and many people do not seem to care if they block someone else. They should get tickets but that doesn’t seem to happen. It is clear that this city is not practical with its resolution for parking. Just check out the plan for Washington Street. Consultants get paid a lot of money and I would not be surprised if they never lived in a city!

showme789
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showme789

I’m pretty sure a \legal parking space is 22 feet. That space looks like it could be 22 ft. A mini cooper could certainly fit in that space and, although the owners may not agree, a compact car could also fit. The contractor was probably following the engineering drawings and I’m sure the engineers followed the law. Legally, any space that is between two driveways CANNOT be marked off as part of a driveway. The space in front of the two entrance doors is NOT part of the driveway and legally cannot be marked as such. If the city had in the past made those two frontages one big driveway, then the city was acting illegally.

Drex357
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Drex357

It’s perfect for a scoot or two. If the driver of a car can’t figure it out, they ought to get a ticket. That’s sort of a Darwinian thing, me thinks. What I don’t get is why aren’t there diagonal stripes through the driveway cut spaces? You can’t ever park there so why’s that not a little more obvious?

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