2012-10-05 / Editorial/Opinion

Parking Permits For Local Residents

Now that the draconian summer parking regulations are over for this year, we have been revisiting the idea of resident-only parking rather than no parking at all during weekends and holidays. The issue has been rekindled by the contentious debate over resident parking in the area of the new Barclay’s arena in Brooklyn. The residents there have been arguing for community parking only on residential streets, afraid that the people coming to Barclay’s for a basketball game or concert will clog their streets and make parking for residents all but impossible. They are probably right. The residents say that the city has not done enough to get visitors to take public transportation and that the lack of parking spaces will seriously and negatively impact their property values. After all, who wants to buy a home around the corner from a large sports and concert venue, especially when it means you can’t park on your own block numerous times during the year? For its part, the city’s Department of Transportation issued a comment. “The more resident parking is designed to set aside curb space for residents, the more it would prevent other legitimate parking needs in the neighborhoods that they generally want to accommodate,” the DOT said. What a crock. In Rockaway, there is little reason for the no parking regulations with the exception of the beach blocks. In fact, we have checked and neither we nor the DOT can find an actual law that backs up the no parking regulations in Rockaway. It seems as if the city put the regulations in place as a favor to local politicians without any real legislation ever having been passed. A bill that would provide for resident only parking is bottled up in Albany by the Republican led Senate. For Rockaway, resident only parking on summer weekends would allow locals to park on their own block, would allow landlords to more easily rent their apartments and would end the musical cars in shared driveways. And, it would keep the dreaded DFDs from using the streets as bathrooms and picnic areas. It would be simple to do. Most Rockaway residents already have an EZ-Pass device on their cars. Hand-held readers could easily distinguish the residents from the interlopers. Our local politicians should get working on a plan for resident-only parking now, when the summer season is still far away.

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