QotD: Sinatra Drive Parking Meters

8/19/2009 Update:
(Previous Title from March 2009: “New Meters not helping much”)

OK – the meters don’t work – time for a change!

Every politician that has run for any office since messiah President Obama completely wore out the phrase “CHANGE” – has used that very word to convince their lemmings supporters to vote for them. Earlier this spring – I had an exact post about the ridiculousness of the whole change movement – and what it actually means to real people.

So what am I talking about? Yeah – change that isn’t ambiguous – but substantial – read below…

Here’s one thing needs to actually needs change in Hoboken IMMEDIATELY:

Let residents park for free – everyone else pays

I’ve spoken with well over 100 residents who are mystified that these 75 parking meters remain empty most of the time along Sinatra Drive. They’re obviously NOT generating the massive revenue the city thought they would – and have clogged other nearby streets instead. It’s obvious they are too far from anything but a pier and skate park to encourage prime time parking.

So what do you do now?

Very simple. Create an ordinance as follows:

  • The 75 new meters along Sinatra Drive should be combination resident parking and paid parking for non-residents only. Residents can park free all day – and any visitors to town will deposit coins in the meters.

Sure – nothing else like it in Hoboken (yet) – but you need to think outside of the box to make things happen. You’ll help solve the congestion issue somewhat – and make some constituents happy. Now it’s up to the administration currently warming the chairs up to see if anything meaningful transpires.

QotD: Since the new meters on Sinatra Drive aren’t working as planned – does this idea to make them free for residents and everyone else “paid” make sense?

Sinatra Drive parking meter rules need to be revised!

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See original update after the jump…

3/4/2009:

Remain empty, other streets more crowded

Hoboken411 reader (and great contributor) estevens noticed that the recently installed parking meters along Sinatra Drive and said:

“We were told that the installation of parking meters on Sinatra Drive would help the city with its financial troubles. I’ve walked Sinatra Drive every day this week and it’s always the same – lots of empty spaces. No one wants to feed the meters.

Looks like that money won’t be rolling in after all.

estevens”

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28 Comments on "QotD: Sinatra Drive Parking Meters"

MF
Member

completely agree with the idea of letting residents park for free. there shoudl be a distinction between residents and non-residents – it is the residents’ town just as visitors have their own towns in which we are visitors. then you get the hippies who say, “just walk everywhere”…yeah, like i wanna walk 15 blocks (one-way)…no thanks: i don’t need to – i’m not fat, and i flat out don’t want to.

Imasucker Bravo
Member
Imasucker Bravo

This has nothing to do with the meters, but here’s what I would like to see happen on Sinatra Dr.

On July 4 and most recently during the tragic plane crash, Sinatra Dr was closed to vehicular traffic. I took advantage of this situation and took my two children down to Sinatra Dr so they could practice roller skating and ride their bicycles without having to worry about getting hit by cars. It was fabulous wide open space to do this and they honestly had fun!

My proposal is this. On Sunday mornings, say from 8a – 12n, close down Sinatra Dr to vehicular traffic to allow families to have their children ride bikes, roller blade, or whatever for a few hours. A quick, temporary fix for much needed “open space”. I honestly can’t think of any major disadvantages.

masterofkarate
Member
masterofkarate

I noticed this too…having sinatra drive closed to vehicular traffic opened up a ton of space. it really got me thinking. the only drivers who really use this road are cab drivers and thsoe cutting through hoboken to get from one side to the other. theres no need to actually have a road there, aside from the fact that maybe theres less traffic on washington and other roads because people use sinatra. this probably would never happen, but what if sinatra drive was eliminated altogether–make it a huge park along the water–grass, trees, benches, etc etc.

In response to Imasucker Bravo who said:
This has nothing to do with the meters, but here’s what I would like to see happen on Sinatra Dr.

On July 4 and most recently during the tragic plane crash, Sinatra Dr was closed to vehicular traffic. I took advantage of this situation and took my two children down to Sinatra Dr so they could practice roller skating and ride their bicycles without having to worry about getting hit by cars. It was fabulous wide open space to do this and they honestly had fun!

My proposal is this. On Sunday mornings, say from 8a – 12n, close down Sinatra Dr to vehicular traffic to allow families to have their children ride bikes, roller blade, or whatever for a few hours. A quick, temporary fix for much needed “open space”. I honestly can’t think of any major disadvantages.

homeworld
Member

Stevens’ River Parking Lot is on Sinatra. Union Dry Docks is also on Sinatra.

At a bare minimum, 11th to Union Dry Docks, and 4th to the River lot would have to remain open.

In response to masterofkarate who said:
I noticed this too…having sinatra drive closed to vehicular traffic opened up a ton of space. it really got me thinking. the only drivers who really use this road are cab drivers and thsoe cutting through hoboken to get from one side to the other. theres no need to actually have a road there, aside from the fact that maybe theres less traffic on washington and other roads because people use sinatra. this probably would never happen, but what if sinatra drive was eliminated altogether–make it a huge park along the water–grass, trees, benches, etc etc.

plywood
Member
plywood

sorry, meant to write “a bike lane (with a real curb) between the meters and the street”

dav74id
Member
dav74id

I understand you are not as fan of Obama, but it would be appreciated if you can not call anyone who voted for him a lemming and him our messiah. To some people he was the better choice (especially after Palin jumped on the ticket).

plywood
Member
plywood

As the last few posts attest, while H411’s idea is a good one to make the best of a bad situation, in a more perfect world the meters would be removed altogether. At least the last twenty or son leading up to the corner of Hudson and Sinatra. Or at least consider making a bike lane (with a real curb) between the meters or the street or something like that. It reminds me of some places on say 13th Street where a tree reduces the sidewalk to about 18 inches. Why are these decisions not given a moments thought? Do we need to spend six figures to hire someone’s cousin to do an impact study on the obvious logistical problems?

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