“There’s plenty of parking . . . on select days . . . during summer . . . or school vacations when many commuters are out-of-town on vacation with their families. During the ordinary work week during the regular year, the parking lots are typically filled to capacity by an early hour of the morning. Anyone claiming otherwise is being hugely disingenuous or deliberately deceitful.
We need a real parking garage. Unfortunately, efforts to protect the economic well being of merchants and commuters was undermined by head-in-the-sand individuals incapable or unwilling to acknowledge that their personal interests and needs were not indicative of the greater good of the community. As a result, we have a limited solution that may create as many problems as it solves. And in the interim, an utter lack of contingency planning leaves commuters utterly without recourse or remedy.
But we can all take pride in the fact that the parking garage is not going to be taller than the circa-1914 buildings in the vicinity. And as folks gradually shift their focus to Ho Ho Kus, Glen Rock, or other neighboring towns to buy homes, show, and dine, maybe the folks who fought so passionately against protecting our future will find themselves with homes whose values have plummeted. Of course, since most of these folks bought those homes 20 or more years ago, or longer, they’ll still recover what they paid. It’s just the rest of us who will be utterly screwed in both the short and long term.”