file photo by Boyd Loving
the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, the “Save Ridgewood Outdoor Dining ” petition has been making the rounds on various Facebook groups . As of this writing the petition had 2023 signers who wish to preserve the outdoor dining corrals.
Early on the Ridgewood blog voiced some safety and esthetic concerns but overtime at lest to some degree these objections were addressed . The promoters have claimed that the corals only take 18 spaces from street parking , and after all Ridgewood has an empty parking garage on Hudson Street as well as a 1/2 empty commuter parking lot at the Ridgewood Train station .
The concept being pushed is that if people have to park and walk they are more apt to find and shop at a local retailer on their way to the restaurant of their choice. Others who remain concerned for their health like the added dinning out option and dog walkers like the convenience of enjoying a meal with their pet .
We still have some pedestrian safety concerns and lets face it some of the corrals are not as neat and tidy as they should be . There is still that logistic problem for customers and clients looking for a quick pick up or drop off at a merchant.
The main issue is the very same issue that has predated the building of the Hudson garage . The Ridgewood blog has felt that the problem with the central business district has not so much been parking but access . The over taxed road infrastructure to just too congested to make the downtown or the CBD convenient. Over the last decade the problem has gotten worse and has only been exacerbated by the high density housing, bike lanes to nowhere and traffic easing .
Another words it is getting harder and harder to get in and out of the central business district which puts a serious damper on doing busines there .