Saturday, April 05, 2008

Visitors Run Afoul of Parking Rules

Members of a dozen churches as far away as Atlantic City spotted this empty parking lot across from Grace Episcopal Church Saturday and parked here while attending a "hip-hop mass."

Had they gone halfway up the lot, they would have seen this sign. Still, who expects to be ticketed on the weekend? But many were, including performers for the event.

Municipal Lot 7 once had many pricey meters installed at more than $300 apiece. Then one day, all but a few were removed and most of the 70 spaces were striped in yellow for permit parking.

In 10 years, only one person seems to have actually taken out a permit for $25 per month. Meanwhile, people attending Grace Episcopal Church or First Unitarian Society, including volunteers and out-of-town visitors to plays, special events, weddings or memorial services are liable to get tickets unless special arrangements are made with the Parking Bureau.

Seven metered spaces, one permit holder, more than 60 empty parking spots where unwitting visitors face getting slapped with parking tickets - is that any way to run a parking lot? Will people remember the cultural or church events that drew them to Plainfield or only the nasty shock of a ticket on the windshield? There is something very wrong here.
--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should have parked in front of the Police Division [E 4th St - legal or illegal spots]. No one gets tickets there, as staff uses the spaces as lot is filled with unrolling Patrol Cars. Go Figure

10:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this city lot is a total shame.first of all its a hang out for drunks etc. all day and all night. most of the lights in the parking lot are not working.and the fellow who is supposed to write tickets,during the week.takes a 1 hour break or longer.and he hardly writes any tickets.

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then there's the lot at 4th and Cleveland, just across from the main train station (Lot #11?) Just try to get a permit to park there. Seems all the spots have been sewn up indefinitely. The woman at the parking bureau wouldn't even allow me to purchase a permit 6 months in advance. "Oh, those are all reserved by the nurses." Nurses? I don't know if nurses work there, but 4th street is a heckuva long way from Muhlenberg. Across the street is a day care center. It appears that those workers have that lot all to themselves. Nice deal.

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you call that a parking lot?(lot 11)? you are lucky that you dont break your legs,holes,broken sidewalks-the city at its best.

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Parking tickets??? I got one for running in for 1 second to drop off something. My mistake for saving the dime. But I regularly see a trailer parked on Park Ave by the train station...and guess what, no money in the meter ( I looked) and no tickets issued. Is it a matter of who knows who with the meter maids?? Makes you wonder.

11:45 AM  

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