2002-06-22 / Letters

Need Parking Reform

Need Parking Reform

Dear Editor;

It is time to do something about the parking situation in my neighbor hood of Rockaway Park. If more on street parking was allowed it would not be necessary for my neighbors to turn there gardens into paved over parking spaces. I have heard some say we need residency stickers. This would not work. We live in New York City. If every community had residency requirements you could not go anywhere and park your car. We should do what other neighborhoods all over the city do. We should have alternate side of the street parking. In this way you could not take up a space and leave your car there forever. You would have to move it daily, but you would only have to move it across the street. There would be enough parking to meet the needs of the residents. The current rules are in place for no other reason than outdated quality of life restrictions.

The question is how do we change the parking rules?  First the local civic association has to have an advertised meeting on the issue. If there is support at this meeting to change the rules, then a petition drive needs to be organized. If 51 percent or more of the residents sign the petition the civic association takes the petitions to the Community Board. The Community Board should support the wishes of the community and a meeting with the Dept. of Transportation could be set up using their expertise to change the parking restrictions. Then maybe we could replace the paved over gardens with flowers grass and trees.

KEVIN CALLAGHAN


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