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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Cars on streets make DPW crews' work harder during storms

What to do about vehicles parked on streets during storms?

Plainfield's plow crews' work is not made easier when cars are left parked on busy streets during snow storms.

There are always calls for folks not to leave their cars on the street, but many people -- especially apartment dwellers -- often have no recourse.

In my neighborhood, the large apartment complex at 666 West 7th Street charges tenants for parking in its lots -- a practice under the Connolly ownership -- forcing quite a few to park on the street.

Consequently, these cars can get plowed in, leaving the roadways narrowed. And, in the case of recurrent storms, unmelted snow from earlier storms forces cars to park further and further into the roadway.

Some towns leaflet cars parked in the street, advising them to move -- and then tows those still in the roadway when the storm comes.

Is that a realistic alternative for Plainfield?

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Anonymous said...

The apartments when built were required to have 2 parking spaces per unit and a few extra for quest. Now Developers want to build more apartments with less parking space. This winter is a prime example why we need to have at least 2 parking spaces per unit and NOT charge the tenant for the parking space. Many if not most of the apartments in Plainfield are low income or section 8 and the tenant does not have extra money to pay for parking. The owners of these large complexes should be ashamed of what they are doing to their low income tenants. Thank you Dan for bringing this to our attention.