Will free parking boost Hoboken economy?

Letter: Hoboken residents and visitors deserve free parking

Hoboken council members Theresa Castellano and Michael Russo will be presenting a great idea at tonight’s city council meeting to stimulate the local economy – especially after Hurricane Sandy – and the failed Small Business Saturday.

Do you think this plan would work? Or does Mayor Dawn Zimmer need to keep stuffing city coffers so she can give out more pay raises to her friends in the administration during fledgling financial times?

Free parking in Hoboken during December

First Ward City Councilwoman Theresa Castellano, and Third Word Councilman Michael Russo tonight will ask the city administration to suspend on-street parking regulations, for the entire month of December.

Traditionally, the City provides free holiday parking in the weeks prior to Christmas, but the council members believe the gesture should be extended for the entire month in response to super storm Sandy in October.

“Businesses are hurting and we don’t expect PATH service in Hoboken to resume until possibly mid-December,” said Councilwoman Castellano, who owns and operates City Discount on Washington Street. “We need a month of free parking to lure consumers to come to our community and shop locally,” she said.

She noted that last weekend’s Small Business Saturday failed to generate increased citywide consumer spending, in part, due to the closure of the Hoboken PATH station. “We have customers from New York and Jersey City who rely on mass transportation.”

Councilman Russo noted that the loss of parking revenue could be offset by consumer spending by out-of-towners and City residents. “We need to get the message out that Hoboken is open for business. Our business owners have worked hard for the past month and this is a way to reward their efforts and perseverance. Our unique shops and restaurants are the economic backbone of our community,” he said.

The council members will ask their colleagues and the city administration to approve the measure at tonight’s City Council meeting.

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22 Comments on "Will free parking boost Hoboken economy?"


Snip119
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Snip119
3 years 9 months ago

The distance isn’t necessarily a problem. Look at Tonnelle Avenue up in North Bergen where Home Depot and Lowes are right next to each other, with another home improvement center on the next block. Up in Secaucus the Walmart and Sam’s Club came in and look at how it opened up the area (Home Goods, pet store, AC Moore crafts, Sports Authority etc. all opened up in the area). We need some kind of destination shopping. And the comment about having no odds and ends store is spot-on. I miss having an old style five and dime store like the old McCorys. We unfortunately have the wrong mix of stores, and how does one make money with the kind of rents these stores have to pay?

Alpuj
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3 years 9 months ago
Well I don’t consider any of the big box stores “destination shopping”. I mean why would anyone come to Hoboken to go to a Target (for example) when their own town plus 5 other towns they drive past have the exact same thing. Hoboken is just not a great retail market, but thats a similar problem with any downtown. Mom & Pop shops have been dying out for 50 years across the US. Hoboken is no different. Chains can afford the higher rent because of their corporate backing, and they can afford the cheaper prices because they are buying in bulk. Mom and Pop can only exist if the local community will support them. I am a big fan of buying local, I just don’t think its something you can just sit and hope and wish it to be a success.[quote comment=”218497″]The distance isn’t necessarily a problem. Look at Tonnelle Avenue up in North Bergen where Home Depot and Lowes are right next to each other, with another home improvement center on the next block. Up in Secaucus the Walmart and Sam’s Club came in and look at how it opened up the area (Home Goods, pet store, AC Moore crafts, Sports Authority etc. all opened up in the area). We need some kind of destination shopping. And the comment about having no odds and ends store is spot-on. I miss having an old style five and dime store like the old McCorys. We unfortunately have the wrong mix of… Read more »
OpenEyes
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OpenEyes
3 years 9 months ago

How about apply to the state for no TAXES on goods for the month to help the town recover

Krill
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Krill
3 years 9 months ago

Did they vote for free parking?

Snip119
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Snip119
3 years 9 months ago

There is one other problem with Hoboken shopping not mentioned – the fact that almost all of Hudson County, with the EXCEPTION OF HOBOKEN, has the Enterprise Tax Rate of 3.5%. Since we got hit so hard with Sandy, why doesn’t Mayor Zimmer apply to the state for the reduced tax rate? Even if its temporary for the next year or two it would help recovering businesses and shoppers.

If I was mayor I would be actively trying to recruit businesses that would pull shoppers in – such as a Trader Joe’s, a Whole Foods, or even a Target. One or two good stores will pull customers in and help the mom & pop stores in the area by attracting more customers into Hoboken.

homeworld
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3 years 9 months ago

There’s a Target about 500 feet from the Hoboken already. You seriously think they’d put a second one?[quote comment=”218466″]There is one other problem with Hoboken shopping not mentioned – the fact that almost all of Hudson County, with the EXCEPTION OF HOBOKEN, has the Enterprise Tax Rate of 3.5%. Since we got hit so hard with Sandy, why doesn’t Mayor Zimmer apply to the state for the reduced tax rate? Even if its temporary for the next year or two it would help recovering businesses and shoppers.If I was mayor I would be actively trying to recruit businesses that would pull shoppers in – such as a Trader Joe’s, a Whole Foods, or even a Target. One or two good stores will pull customers in and help the mom & pop stores in the area by attracting more customers into Hoboken.[/quote]

HeidiP
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HeidiP
3 years 9 months ago

I understand your thought here, but putting something like a Target is exactly what will push the mom & pop stores out.
[quote comment=”218466″]There is one other problem with Hoboken shopping not mentioned – the fact that almost all of Hudson County, with the EXCEPTION OF HOBOKEN, has the Enterprise Tax Rate of 3.5%. Since we got hit so hard with Sandy, why doesn’t Mayor Zimmer apply to the state for the reduced tax rate? Even if its temporary for the next year or two it would help recovering businesses and shoppers.If I was mayor I would be actively trying to recruit businesses that would pull shoppers in – such as a Trader Joe’s, a Whole Foods, or even a Target. One or two good stores will pull customers in and help the mom & pop stores in the area by attracting more customers into Hoboken.[/quote]

joey maxim
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joey maxim
3 years 9 months ago

shop in Hoboken? your kidding..These stores are over priced and silly…Not one bargin store for odds and ends.. The mall is your best bet..but but..it’s one’s choice..enjoy .[quote comment=”218466″]There is one other problem with Hoboken shopping not mentioned – the fact that almost all of Hudson County, with the EXCEPTION OF HOBOKEN, has the Enterprise Tax Rate of 3.5%. Since we got hit so hard with Sandy, why doesn’t Mayor Zimmer apply to the state for the reduced tax rate? Even if its temporary for the next year or two it would help recovering businesses and shoppers.If I was mayor I would be actively trying to recruit businesses that would pull shoppers in – such as a Trader Joe’s, a Whole Foods, or even a Target. One or two good stores will pull customers in and help the mom & pop stores in the area by attracting more customers into Hoboken.[/quote]

ohnoivotedforher
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ohnoivotedforher
3 years 9 months ago

I have an idea, free valet parking. You give me your keys, and I park your car for free.

Pick-up your car at the Bayonne dock if it isn’t already on a ship on its way to South America

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