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The Best-laid Plans of Mice and Men Often Go Awry…the Hudson Parking Garage

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Ridgewood NJ, since 1927 Village moms and  dads have complained about inadequate parking in Ridgewood’s  central business district . In the late 1960’s parking meters were added to the CBD to pay for a future parking garage , the chance was misplaced . Plans were drawn up over and over  and finally after much debate in early September of 2019 the Village Council pushed forward with the Hudson Garage . Progress came quickly ,but in March of 2019 COVID19  struck , wiping out the demand for commuter spaces  . then restaurants were shut down leaving the Village with a great white parking garage elephant . While things have started to return to some semblance of normal with outdoor dinning ,now partial indoor dinning .  Al Gore’s internet continues to steal retail sales ,restaurants are struggling to survive  and commuters may never return .  At lest the massive high density housing projects will now have access to more parking .

 

 

8 thoughts on “The Best-laid Plans of Mice and Men Often Go Awry…the Hudson Parking Garage

  1. Many treasured and valuable and useful projects have begun or were completed during challenging times. Let’s try to see past a few months and be more bold and visionary than we were in the initial parking meter days when we squandered the opportunity to park in the sky. Ridgewood will strengthen, we are all here to help make that happen. We love seeing our neighbors and friends downtown and will enjoy it more and more as we claw our way towards a more normal and wonderful world.

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  2. I don’t think the parking meters went that much better. Weren’t literally hundreds of thousands of revenues stolen in the form of Quarters about 5 years ago? Did the town get restitution (I’m guessing not and $ was already spent on vacations/lifestyle beyond means or used on a house that no one will take away from the culprit). The guy must have spent every waking hour on the clock hauling quarters away and this going on for some time. So I’m looking in hindsight for sure, but it seems basic processes and controls were nonexistent and no benefit to the town from the meters. If anything net negative due to constant printing and reshuffling of parking signs and meters/pay stations in the CBD?

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  3. What a bunch of BS.
    Total revisionist history.
    Blame COVID.
    Blame the internet.
    Blame lack of commutting (even though the justification specifically stated that the parking WAS NOT being built for commuting purposes).
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    This is the start of the CYA campaign to explain why the GINORMOUS GARAGE Boondoggle failed, when we all know that it was doomed to failure before the first brick was layed.
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  4. The garage would have been a costly failure no matter what. Covid just makes it more dramatic. But believe me it never would have been full, never ever, regardless of any pandemic. This was a failure from the git-go.

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  5. I agree with other comments, the garage should never have been built. The rustic charm of the downtown is what attracts people from all over to visit the area, throw this ugly bulk of concrete and ruin it all! This project was just to prove a point against each other and the council should have not gambled the residents money into this embarrassment. With covid hitting the local businesses bad, parking prices doubled and now this ugly monstrosity in our faces is such a cruel joke by the council. They should be help responsible for throwing this is the faces of residents and local businesses.. shame !

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  6. The GINORMOUS GARAGE and Prison Housing at Ken Smith Ford are a blight on Ridgewood.

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  7. Prison housing?
    What a tool…

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  8. Look at it.
    It looks like a prison.

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