2010 Hoboken Parking Permit Renewals
2010 Renewal extended until March 15th
Many car-owning Hoboken residents were expecting their 2010 parking permit renewal notices in the mail back in January (with February 26th being the deadline for renewal.)
However, the city is having a “delay” for some odd reason – and claims “renewal notices has been delayed until February 15, 2010. Validity of 2009 Resident parking permits are therefore extended until March 15, 2010.” I haven’t received mine yet, and several other 411 readers said the same. We’ll see – maybe this week.
One thing made me laugh from the city website – was their FAQ page on parking permits.
There’s a section that asks “Why can’t I find parking?” and the city goes on to say the obvious. But the last sentence cracks me up: “There is simply not enough curb space to provide parking for everyone who chooses to own a car in Hoboken. Your Resident parking permit allows you to park in protected Resident permit parking areas, but does not guarantee you a spot. The cost for your permit is subsidized 90% by the city to keep residential parking costs low; however, this results in many more cars parking on-street and competing for limited space. If you do not need to commute every day with your car, you may find it easier to consider alternative transportation options and eliminating the high cost of car ownership, not to mention the frustration of looking for parking. HPU is working continuously to improve these alternative options so that the choice to go car-free gets easier each day.”
Exactly how is the Hoboken Parking Utility making the “choice” to go car-free easier every day? Is it easier to go car free today, than it was on Friday? Will it be easier to go car-free tomorrow as well? And the day after that?
Perhaps instead of a mile square municipality ineffectively trying to influence sweeping societal change, they can just create more affordable parking spaces (long-term, etc.?) I bet the last thing the city wants is less – or even no cars. Where would they get the millions of dollars in annual revenue? Ha!