the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, spring is in the air and the Village of Ridgewood is once again looking to set up a pedestrian mall in the Central Business District .Some merchants and restaurants have raised some concerns over inability of patrons to do quick drop off or pick ups at their establishments . The Ridgewood blogs research shows the idea of the pedestrian mall is overwhelmingly popular both with residents and CBD tenants . Mayor Kundsen seems open to resolving the issue and working with both sides in an attempt to make the pedestrian mall an even better success.
However a group of individuals has taken it on themselves to attack anyone who raises any objection to the pedestrian mall idea. This is the same group that pushed turfing fields in flood zones ,building suicide bike lanes , cutting the west side of the CBD off from the east side , supporting high density housing with no regard to the consequences to the Village ie… public safety, traffic, parking, infrastructure, schools ,sewage and water, the same group that pushed eliminating the Ridgewood school budget vote (good luck with property taxes) and on and on.
Clearly anyone would recognize the pedestrian mall presents challenges and opportunities for pick up and delivery , appointments and parking . The silly bogus emails circulating , claiming you will never shop in the Village without the pedestrian mall and straw man arguments claiming some merchants are trying to stop the mall are unhelpful .
The Village of Ridgewood and Central Business District merchants and restaurants need to work out the details in a way that works best for all parties with skin in the game , Walmart shoppers and grant writers need not apply.