Jefferson St. residents miffed
Anyone can close a street!
I received a few emails from residents who live on Jefferson Street between Newark and First yesterday – including:
“Can anyone shed any light on why Jefferson Street from Newark to First Street was closed off today, with tow trucks out to clear the block, from noon to 10 pm for what appears to be a private party with live music outside of a bar on the northeast end of the block?”
“why in the hell was the whole street of jefferson between 1st and newark closed on sunday from 12pm-10pm for a “block” party that consisted of 10 people? the whole street is empty! people had to move their cars…for what? i’m angry. grrr”
Well, apparently – anyone can close a street for a block party pretty much any time they want – regardless of how many people attend your block party! You just need to go to city hall, and obtain the proper permit.
I wonder if I could do the same thing on my block? I’ll file the paperwork, get the cars towed – and just sit in the middle of the street on a swivel chair all day and listen to mp3’s.
Maybe the block party permit process needs to be changed? Like getting a petition signed? Say, 25 or more signatures from residents living on that block?