Why does Hoboken hate cars so much?

2/16/2011:

City of Hoboken now resorts to physical abuse

Not sure if I need to remind anyone that we do actually live in America. Where you can work hard, earn your money – and provide yourself with the freedom to drive anywhere you want, whenever you want, and more.

It seems to me, that certain individuals at Hoboken City Hall despise you for exercising your liberties in this country. From stealing money from you for nothing – to crazy parking permit situations, thinking bicycling is the answer to life, and trying to coerce you into sharing insanely small cars with everyone else.

Well, none of those tactics seem to be “getting cars off the streets,” so they’ll just resort to busting up your ride (like the rims of this SUV pictured below) – and hoping you won’t do jack squat about it. They spend loads of money on fancy signs and speed displays – but you think they’d drop a dime on simply rubberizing these boots so they don’t damage cars? Never.

Think of this as you will – but I reckon a tipping point for over-zealous local governments is near. When will the insanity stop, and sensible (and accountable) governance begin?

Would you put up with this nonsense? If you did that to someone’s car – you’d be arrested for vandalism.

14 Responses

  1. magicpete says:

    My car was towed last December and I had the same problem, dents and scratches on both side panels and my hood. It’s clear that when they threw the strap over my hood to tow it (I have a 4wd car so that’s how they lift it), there was a heavy latch on the end that managed to bounce across my hood. Of course, nothing will come of it and its just the cost of doing business in Hoboken. I won’t get into the fact that I shouldn’t have even been towed in the first place…

    The movie V for Vandetta comes to mind…

    • HBKhypocrisy says:

      There is a white Ford Expedition SUV parked on 10th St. b/w Washington and Hudson that has been issued a “senior” visitor parking permit with an expiration of Dec 31, 2011. It’s been there for over a month. It hasn’t moved once for street cleaning. No tickets. No boot. No tow. To top it all off, it is taking up two spots given that it’s parked 5 feet from the garage line in front of it. Who do you need to know to get “senior” visitor status? I’m only a humble tax paying citizen that has to play by the same rules as everyone else. WTF? [quote comment=”203471″]My car was towed last December and I had the same problem, dents and scratches on both side panels and my hood. It’s clear that when they threw the strap over my hood to tow it (I have a 4wd car so that’s how they lift it), there was a heavy latch on the end that managed to bounce across my hood. Of course, nothing will come of it and its just the cost of doing business in Hoboken. I won’t get into the fact that I shouldn’t have even been towed in the first place…The movie V for Vandetta comes to mind…[/quote]

      • wiskeytango1 says:

        hpk here is the F##k No vehicle of anysort even with a placard is above the law.If is a fed or proscuter they should not advitise…They are suppose to be undercover..Its called selective enforcement..how this tzar skates around this is beyond me..the cretens hired have no balls girl or guy to summons them as well as circumventing handicap zones..If you can walk talk and drive ,you can move the vehicle…When are you barkers gonna wisen up and protest as a group..shame on you…Just take a look at what the hpu is hiring..If their brains were in a bird it would fly backwoods..Get it all together..There is no gray area. 💡 [quote comment=”210468″]There is a white Ford Expedition SUV parked on 10th St. b/w Washington and Hudson that has been issued a “senior” visitor parking permit with an expiration of Dec 31, 2011. It’s been there for over a month. It hasn’t moved once for street cleaning. No tickets. No boot. No tow. To top it all off, it is taking up two spots given that it’s parked 5 feet from the garage line in front of it. Who do you need to know to get “senior” visitor status? I’m only a humble tax paying citizen that has to play by the same rules as everyone else. WTF?[/quote]

  2. bornandrazedinhobo says:

    Very simple solution, file a lawsuit for the damages or do an insurance claim and let the insurance company know the vehicle was intentionally damaged and have them file the re-claim case. The bottom-line is that if you went to damage city property you would be arrested and have to pay for the costs of court fee’s and damages as well as fines….the same applies when a city employee damages your property. Hold them legally responsible for the damages and believe me you will win in front of any jury.

    • animal_lover says:

      I’m with bornandrazed. The city owes you the damages if you were parked legally. These are not small expenses and I can tell you there are many more in Hoboken fighting similar issues with towing by the City when they are parked legally. Not only do you have the current damages but when this hapens there is confidence that one can park ones vehicle safely under any circumstances. [quote comment=”203472″]Very simple solution, file a lawsuit for the damages or do an insurance claim and let the insurance company know the vehicle was intentionally damaged and have them file the re-claim case. The bottom-line is that if you went to damage city property you would be arrested and have to pay for the costs of court fee’s and damages as well as fines….the same applies when a city employee damages your property. Hold them legally responsible for the damages and believe me you will win in front of any jury.[/quote]

  3. prag says:

    Driving’s not a right nor is parking. If there are rules and you break them you are going to be penalized. Looks like an out-of-gowned parked illegally and got a ticket. Big deal

    • animal_lover says:

      Prag – does that stand for pragmatic? Out of towners do spend $$$ at local establishments that in turn pay state and local taxes. Hoboken would do well not to alienate visitors who support our local businesses. Last I checked the locals were hanging out for hours without buying much in stores like B&N and Frozen Monkey which both went under.[quote comment=”203473″]Driving’s not a right nor is parking. If there are rules and you break them you are going to be penalized. Looks like an out-of-gowned parked illegally and got a ticket. Big deal[/quote]

      • Hoboken17 says:

        Oh that’s why Frozen Monkey went under? Geez, so all of these people from out of town were flocking to Hoboken just to buy a ton of milkshakes but just couldnt find a good parking spot? What a shame.

        Also, I thought we still had a choice of where we could go and spend our own money. I didnt know that residents of Hoboken had to spend a certain amount of money at each store on Washington St. Is this a new Obama law?[quote comment=”203506″]Prag – does that stand for pragmatic? Out of towners do spend $$$ at local establishments that in turn pay state and local taxes. Hoboken would do well not to alienate visitors who support our local businesses. Last I checked the locals were hanging out for hours without buying much in stores like B&N and Frozen Monkey which both went under.[/quote]

      • homeworld says:

        Yes, a little known part of Obamacare requires Hoboken residents (unless they didn’t fill out their census) to ride bicycles to Washington Street and spread the wealth equally amongst all of the businesses (except Haliburton Homes for obvious reasons, which is why they closed the Washington Street location). Remember to lock your bicycle up to one of the new Anti-America bike racks and deposit only Sacagawea coin dollars into the munimeter for payment. [quote comment=”203510″]Oh that’s why Frozen Monkey went under? Geez, so all of these people from out of town were flocking to Hoboken just to buy a ton of milkshakes but just couldnt find a good parking spot? What a shame. Also, I thought we still had a choice of where we could go and spend our own money. I didnt know that residents of Hoboken had to spend a certain amount of money at each store on Washington St. Is this a new Obama law?

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  4. heelfan211 says:

    You should absolutely file a law suit against city. They need to be held responsible for something. Its about time. The city council and the parking director are useless in this city. They do not care about the residents and their needs at all. All they care about is a revenue stream from their hard working residents.

  5. elvisroberts says:

    this is just whining. i’ve seen plenty of towing where the straps go over the wheels, NOT the hood. Parking enforcement has gotten WAY more lax in the last 6 months, i never see them writing tickets 2 blocks of Washington even with cars clearly blocking crosswalks. Besides, all you lazy car owners have had pretty much 2 months of free parking with the snow. There was a week one or two ago where they COULD have cleared both sides of the street with plows it was so warm. But no, they let car owners have another week off from having to move their car. This town is so car friendly its a disservice to all of us who choose to NOT deal with owning a car. Thanks to zipcar and corner car and hertz we dont need to!

  6. homeworld says:

    I saw vehicles that never moved since the December 26th blizzard. Why bother having a car if you don’t ever need to move if for nearly 2 months.

    • animal_lover says:

      I have seen this with one of my disabled neighbors. Apparently, he does have a sitter but foir this purpose apparently he has no one to help him – is my guess. [quote comment=”203488″]I saw vehicles that never moved since the December 26th blizzard. Why bother having a car if you don’t ever need to move if for nearly 2 months.[/quote]

      • fairlady says:

        OK. Someone needs to start a petition to outlaw the boot. Enough is enough. Paying a parking fine is sufficient. The punishment should fit the crime. Instead we are being victimized by an abusive system. How come our tax dollars pay the salaries for these crooks not out to serve and protect those who pay their very salaries??????[quote comment=”203505″]I have seen this with one of my disabled neighbors. Apparently, he does have a sitter but foir this purpose apparently he has no one to help him – is my guess.[/quote]

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