Handicap parking spots left empty

Hoboken issues handicap parking spots – no one parks there

Recently – the city of Hoboken issued a dedicated handicap parking spot along Hudson Street uptown. Permit #243 for license plate HW8846.

Several residents in the area are a bit miffed. Because they say that this spot – for the past six weeks – has remained completely unoccupied with the exception of just a few hours during one single day since it was implemented.

People don’t know how or why a spot could be reserved for someone who doesn’t regularly use it. Some think it might be for a disabled visitor or family member, while others think the car is garaged somewhere else. They generally think it’s a complete waste of a perfectly good spot.

Do you think some minimum conditions should be required before issuing handicap spots?

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18 Comments on "Handicap parking spots left empty"

Friedupright
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Friedupright

I don’t think anyone would deny the truly handicapped a needed space or special consideration. And Journey, you are correct regarding those who have trouble walking for long distances. But, we live in Hoboken, where there’s always that question of who is getting special treatment. As a healthcare worker, I can tell you that there are those who try to get, and if the doctor is not concerned, do get handicapped plates when they don’t deserve them – but, it’s not the norm. Again, I think it’s a Hoboken thing. Unfortunately, because we are used to seeing special treamtment form everything from housing to education we even question the handicapped. My newest beef is the double parking on the West side of the 600 block. The whole block can be full on the West side and there will be a police care waiting for one car on the other side whose driver ran into the bank. But I digress…

hoboken52grip
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Its pretty easy to target the handicapped. much harder to be handicapped. Would any of you choose to live in pain to get a reserved spot? One day if you live long enough it very well could be you.

whineanddineinhob
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whineanddineinhob

Total agreement.[quote comment=”208035″]Its pretty easy to target the handicapped. much harder to be handicapped. Would any of you choose to live in pain to get a reserved spot? One day if you live long enough it very well could be you.[/quote]

Hoboken1954A
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Hoboken1954A

Singing to the Choir!
Those complaining about handicapped parking may one day experience
first hand a disability, fate is fickle & destiny Unpredictable.
Human Compassion, a gesture becoming Extinct…[quote comment=”208036″]Total agreement.[/quote]

Angry Bird
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Angry Bird

I’m not buying that anyone needs a handicapped spot. Let me pose these two questions. First, how many times have you seen a handicapped spot occupied (in general such as at a mall, supermarket)? Often, correct? Now answer me this: why, then, if handicapped spots are so frequently occupied, do we not see handicapped people all over the damn place and in the stores and parking lots? Where are all the wheelchairs, and crutches and hobbling people to back up the need for handicapped plates? That I simply do not see in equal measure.

animal_lover
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animal_lover

Angry Bird, I guess your user name says it all. Try a little compassion and understanding. Karma is a bitch.[quote comment=”208029″]I’m not buying that anyone needs a handicapped spot. Let me pose these two questions. First, how many times have you seen a handicapped spot occupied (in general such as at a mall, supermarket)? Often, correct? Now answer me this: why, then, if handicapped spots are so frequently occupied, do we not see handicapped people all over the damn place and in the stores and parking lots? Where are all the wheelchairs, and crutches and hobbling people to back up the need for handicapped plates? That I simply do not see in equal measure.[/quote]

animal_lover
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animal_lover

I love a good beef…I’ll bite. I brought this very issue on the west side double parking to an officer. He can up w some kind of logical sounding rational about north and south traffic. I countered with does the same apply to mothers having there kids piss in the street north vs south. I hate seeeing mothers have their young sons piss in the street or park because it is more convenient than finding a rest room,[quote comment=”208065″]Angry Bird, I guess your user name says it all. Try a little compassion and understanding. Karma is a bitch.[/quote]

Journey
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Journey

Your definition of handicapped is faulty.

My friend in high school qualified. She had scooter she used for long distances but could walk. She had a heart condition. She died in college and was buried in her wedding dress, because she died between getting engaged and getting married.

My mother has Lupus and Fibro. She can walk, she does not own a scooter or wheelchair, but she can’t walk for long in the sun. Parking lots are not the shadiest of places.

I could go on, because I have friends with MS, MD, spina bifida. Not everyone that can’t walk a long distance uses a wheelchair/scooter/crutches. My mother and some of my friends sit down while shopping to rest.[quote comment=”208029″]I’m not buying that anyone needs a handicapped spot. Let me pose these two questions. First, how many times have you seen a handicapped spot occupied (in general such as at a mall, supermarket)? Often, correct? Now answer me this: why, then, if handicapped spots are so frequently occupied, do we not see handicapped people all over the damn place and in the stores and parking lots? Where are all the wheelchairs, and crutches and hobbling people to back up the need for handicapped plates? That I simply do not see in equal measure.[/quote]

bigphillip
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bigphillip

The post is 100% accurate that the spot has been occupied by the space-holder a total of one time. It’s crazy that this spot goes unused literally for six weeks in a town dying for parking.

Coincidence that this spot and the one across the street were both added days before the 2nd ward council elections?

animal_lover
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animal_lover

This commentary is overboard. Just because there is not a vehicle there for a few weeks does not mean their is not a need for the spot. Get a grip.

abnyc1
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abnyc1

the one between 11th and 12th, it’s been 10 months since i’ve seen a car there… [quote comment=”208006″]This commentary is overboard. Just because there is not a vehicle there for a few weeks does not mean their is not a need for the spot. Get a grip.[/quote]

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