Hoboken Character: No parking sign mess

Is this Hoboken Character? You ever see the tape all over town?

As you might have heard on the radio recently – Mayor Dawn Zimmer hit the airwaves moaning about the Hoboken Sea Walls. And one of her coached words to say buzz words was “Character.”

“Character this” and “Hoboken character that,” she whined about how important the character, charm and beauty of Hoboken is – and so on.

But as published last week – it’s quite possible Zimmer does live in Disneyland, because she fails to see how her own administration, with something as simple in concept as a no-parking sign, does great damage to the very character she was crying about on the radio.

Hoboken Character no parking signs and tape left behind

Hoboken no parking signs: Easy to apply; too lazy to remove?

Walk down ANY SINGLE BLOCK in Hoboken. Do you know what you’ll see on EACH AND EVERY BOCK?

Sticky tape remnants from one of the tens of thousands of “Temporary Police Regulation No Parking Signs.”

On light poles. On street signs. On trees. Everywhere. But what gets me most is that they’re on residents gates and fences.

The city loves these signs because they’re very lucrative. They cost money to buy them to reserve your four hours (or how ever long you want to pay). And they also return money to the city when cars that fail to move get ticketed and towed on a daily basis.

But you see – they haphazardly rip them off (often days or weeks later), and don’t put an ounce of effort into ensuring all that sticky tape is also removed as well.

This in effect, is VANDALISM, defacing the property they’re placed on (who gave the city permission to do this on private property anyway?), and is an utter display of disrespect to the residents.

You want to restore character in Hoboken? Put a little care into keeping our neighborhoods exactly the way you found them before you plastered your fruity signs all over!

Enjoy the rest of your afternoon!

6 Responses

  1. YouStayCl@ssyHoboken says:

    It’s also pretty disturbing to find out the hard way that the tape residue is as enforceable as the sign that it once feebly affixed!

  2. HansBrix says:

    Why not require that the sign purchaser remove them? It’s not exactly hard, even for the Hoboken resident who normally won’t pick up anything heavier than money.

  3. john14 says:

    I’ve been mentioning this to my friends for years. They usually don’t care and shrug me off until it happens to them. When you think about it, this whole racket is nonsense. So sloppily done, all in the name of money. And HansBrix, not all the signs are purchased by individual residents. they are often put up by the city for infrastructure work too. A lot of the time. PSE&G, united water, verizon and many others. The city is ultimately responsible since they profit on all sides. They are the facilitator and enforcer so 100% of the responsibility should be on Zimmer and her cronies. Period.

  4. sasha says:

    Whenever I’ve had work done at my house, after the work is completed, I remove the signs outside myself. It takes minutes!!!!!

    • YouStayCl@ssyHoboken says:

      I think that when people move out, they just leave the signs behind. Maybe the utility workers do the same. Seem to recall that the municipal code requires end users to remove signs promptly after work is complete, but that does not appear to be enforced consistently, if at all.[quote comment=”219965″]Whenever I’ve had work done at my house, after the work is completed, I remove the signs outside myself. It takes minutes!!!!![/quote]

  5. paulhoboken2 says:

    The signs could be made with a water soluble non-woven non-toxic biodegradable film that looks and acts like paper but devolves completely in 2-3 rainstorms. The adhesive could also be water soluble. This type of label is already on the market and is commonly used on reusable bulk food containers. Should add about 20 cents to the cost of the sign. If the city forgot to take down the sign, 2-3 good rains would solve the problem. If you take down the sign a good rain would wash off the remaining adhesive. Suggested this to Ian Sachs but he took it as a criticism of the current system.

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