Ambiguous lines at intersections

8/12/2008:

You know, intersection parking “rules” are still very subjective in Hoboken, and should once and for all be rectified. We have faded yellow curbs and multiple white “safe lines” at most of our intersections.

No explanation from the city, no proper signage, leaving resident to “guess” what is the proper area to park. Can the city finally put this matter to rest?

(Here’s a song you can listen to while reading. Some of the lyrics fit this story perfectly!)

Ticket Happy

“I know parking in Hoboken is one of the most commonly discussed stories, but what happened with me a week ago is beyond unfair, and hence decided to write to you to let you know of how corrupt and money hungry our city has become.

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I left my car parked on the corner of 7th and Jackson, gave the keys to my friends and went out on a two week vacation. I parked on the ‘Wednesday’ side, the car was parked near the corner ‘in the yellow’, but it was completely behind the white marker. Being a resident of many years, I know that this is ok. My car was parked 100% legally. I rarely park there, but because that crappy St. Ann’s festival was going on, dozens of parking spots were taken, so I had no choice (coming home late from work on a Thursday night).

Last week I got a horrifying email from my friend when she walked all the way down there to move my car, saying she cannot find it. I had to make many international phone calls to the Hoboken PD and MST, to discover that my car was ticketed four times and towed, for being ‘parked in a no parking no stopping zone’ with the total coming to over $400 between tickets and towing!

My friend took the hassle and got my car out the next day, for which I’m forever grateful for her. But I just couldn’t get it, how come I was ticketed four times though I was parked legally? Could I have been this mistaken?

So I got home last night, and this morning (jet-lagged and all), I walked all the way down there, to discover that, guess what?

There are two, yes, TWO white markers on that corner! This is the first time I see a block like this. The yellow covers almost half the block, and there are two white markers. When I parked my car, I only saw ONE marker (I assume it was the wrong one) and hence I assumed it was parked legally. BTW the car was nowhere near the corner and in no way blocked visibility (like many cars we see in corners but never get ticketed).

I’m so upset. Is this done on purpose? Or is it simply a moral and financially bankrupt city trying to squeeze every dime of its residents?

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39 Comments on "Ambiguous lines at intersections"

SweetPea
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SweetPea

[quote comment=”99075″][quote comment=”99042″][quote comment=”98982″]When I went away for two weeks, I parked in the area of the city where you don’t need a parking decal and there are no street sweepers.

The car was fine when I returned.[/quote]

Where’s this?[/quote]

Part of 9th, 11th, Maxwell Lane, etc.[/quote]
There’s parking on Maxwell Lane?

homeworld
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[quote comment=”99042″][quote comment=”98982″]When I went away for two weeks, I parked in the area of the city where you don’t need a parking decal and there are no street sweepers.

The car was fine when I returned.[/quote]

Where’s this?[/quote]

Part of 9th, 11th, Maxwell Lane, etc.

SweetPea
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SweetPea

[quote comment=”98904″][quote comment=”98884″][quote comment=”98876″]Not that I’m on the HPU’s side (’cause hell will freeze over before THAT happens), but how long was your car parked before your friend checked on it? The make-them-up-as-you-go parking rules in this town provide sufficient motivation for me to get out and check my car at least every other day no matter where I’m parked.[/quote]
Plus, you never know when they post those “No Parking Signs”. If I parked on the street, I would definitely check it at least every other day like JerseyGirl. They only need post those signs 48 hours before and then you’re towed! Not fair but it certainly happens. I recommend getting a garage spot too like homeboken. Peace of mind![/quote]

From experience, they don’t always post in 48hrs in advance.[/quote]
Exactly. Checking your car every other day is a must in this town.

andynnj
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andynnj

Why is this even confusing to anyone? The answer is: the rules are “enforced” when, where, and how the cops or HPA decide to. It’s that simple.
Come take a look at intersections at 1st & 2nd/Monroe, and 1st/2nd & Jackson – perfect examples of no enforcement.

KB
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[quote comment=”98982″]When I went away for two weeks, I parked in the area of the city where you don’t need a parking decal and there are no street sweepers.

The car was fine when I returned.[/quote]

Where’s this?

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