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Reader says , “The illusion of buying in RW as it is a commuter village is also becoming a tough sell”

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“Right walk or leave early. As a resident who pays ever increasing taxes, over $200 a month to park in a lot for residences some of whom pay $35-55k year in taxes. All to get on a train that cost $300 a month that the commute has increased by at least 30 minutes a day, requires a switch to midtown, and are trouble prone.

The illusion of buying in RW as it is a commuter village is also becoming a tough sell. We bought here as the village used to support commuters and accomdate some of their requirements. All of this is driven by the ever increasing need for more and more fees to feed the out of control spending

Ridiculous planning and leadership”

4 thoughts on “Reader says , “The illusion of buying in RW as it is a commuter village is also becoming a tough sell”

  1. Thing is that everyone within a mile or so of the station used to walk and parking was for those further out. And, people who drove had “station cars” – people would try to outdo each other with old wrecks.

    Now, folks a couple of blocks away drive a new 80k car to park. And complain that they have to park further away from the station than they live.

  2. I would never tell a young couple to move to NJ, PERIOD.

    NJ has the distinction of being the most crowded state in the nation.

    But it does have great views when you drive down the highway; all those stores and malls. It is a garden of malls; that is why it is called the Garden State.

  3. “All of this is driven by the ever increasing need for more and more fees to feed the out of control spending“

    Another factor is supply and demand. As more people apply for parking permits, price has to rise. It would be against basic rules of market economy to do otherwise. We may not like it, but what’s the alternative?

    With all honesty, the train is still the best way to get to the city. For the most part it’s punctual, there are always seats and it’s comfy. Where else can you get a better option? Summit/Millburn have an easier way to get to Penn St direct, but many Ridgewood commuters go to Hoboken stop instead.

    Ridgewood is a beautiful, welcoming village. And hey, if the parking is too pricey, why not ride a bicycle during warner season (free) and Uber/Lyft when it’s cooler (~$7 one way)?

  4. With the technology available, telecommuting is an option. Remember that every day you do not work in NYC they cannot pick your pocket with taxes
    I have not set foot in NYC in years.

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