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POLL: Residential Parking Permits for Brooklyn?

City Council is moving forward on a proposal that would allow neighborhoods to opt to preserve street parking for their own cars.

The idea of resident-only parking is not new—it's already in place in Hoboken, Chicago and other cities. 

But it hasn't been instituted in New York City (other than in a few privately owned neighborhoods, such as Forest Hills Gardens in Queens).

This week the city council on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis, though it still needs to go to Albany for state approval. 

Those pushing for it (such as those living near Atlantic Yards) say it's badly needed, not only by residents bracing for the flood of cars expected to arrive when the , but also by neighborhoods across the city that serve as parking lots for commuters who hop the train to Manhattan.  

But those against it feel equally passionate, saying the permits would be just another tax instituted by the city, that the “park and ride” problem would just move to the next neighborhood over, and that permits would make it difficult for people to drive to visit friends or run errands in other parts of their borough.

What do you think? 

Peter Petino Active Transport November 17, 2011 at 04:32 AM
Jorge-who said family friendly should include parking? It without mention that you did choose to live in an area that has a parking problem. Now you want to call having parking family friendly. Would you say that if you moved to Manhattan? Well make believe Park Slope in now called Manhattan Slope. What will you say now about your choice of where to live? The streets are public if you want parking buy a space in a lot or move.
Peter Petino Active Transport November 17, 2011 at 04:56 AM
Um - your so called parking resource is a public street. Who is to say who should buy the parking spot you. When your public street becomes private it should cost a lot and other cars should not drive on your private street. You do not understand you choose to live here with public streets I may add - why change the game now. That will implicate that every area in the entire city that has a problem with parking should go private. Hello Knock Knock - If you wanted parking why did you choose the Slope. You live here you deal with the problems. If you do not like - move.
Michael Brown November 17, 2011 at 03:24 PM
Peter - A public street, on which the benefit of storing private property on is conveyed ONLY to those citizens who choose to own a private automobile.
Nancy Carpenter November 22, 2011 at 04:45 PM
I totally agree about the cars that are not registered in and/or not paying Brooklyn insurance rates. I have been living in the Slope for 25 years, own my home, pay real estate taxes, pay water and sewer tax, etc. Yet I have to circle sometimes for an hour to find a spot prior to an alternate side parking day. I counted six PA and NJ cars on my block alone several years ago and those same cars are still and always there. I am 100% in favor of the RPPs. I just don't think the cost should be exhorbitant. The rules surrounding them are what matter most - being a resident, having your car registered and insured in NY and paying for the permit.
Peter Petino Active Transport November 23, 2011 at 01:54 AM
Whom will decide? So you pay all these taxes for owning property here and you think you should be the one to purchase and get a permit. Not so I say. No way - why would anyone who loves to drive buy here without a place put your car? Because this is a city and you can go anywhere within it on public transportation. You do not here all this talk from people who live in Manhattan do you! So lets all stand up and say I will let this go for now - until I can find a real place to park - like a garage.

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