Adding commercial parking creates narrower driving lanes with more traffic congestion and obstructed sight lines for cars and children. Bus pickups and school drop-offs become more dangerous for children and drivers.
Commercial parking in your neighborhood means narrower streets, more double parking when delivery trucks and contractors are on the street and more congestion.
Fewer spots for residents means more time searching for a parking place. Contractors will need to apply for permits with the town, restricting competition and raising costs to homeowners.
Subsidizing businesses like Lululemon and Starbucks with dedicated parking in front of your home actually enables them to pay their workers less, not more. Businesses and developers should cover the cost of employee parking, not residents.
Packing streets with automobiles and asking employees and patrons to walk through residential neighborhoods late each night will lower the market values of our homes.
The Proposal includes the hiring of a technology firm with license plate reader technology to patrol and scan neighborhoods 3x / day for a lion's share of the revenues generated from parking.
Tree-lined streets are not a resource to be exploited. They are an asset to protect. Appropriating Princeton's neighborhoods for business parking exploits Princeton's distinct residential districts for the benefit of businesses and developers.
Princeton residents pay handsomely for our streetscapes. Let's put tax dollars to better use to solve the problem and create a more livable Princeton.
Commercial parking in particular has the potential for more late night noise and nuisance as bars and restaurants get out and workers seek their cars in sleepy neighborhoods.
A recent article about Princeton in the NY Times was titled "Historic Homes and Cultural Riches". Historic neighborhoods like Witherspoon-Jackson and the Western District deserve to be protected from commercial parking spillover. A vibrant downtown is not Princeton's only asset.
90% of commuters into Princeton drive alone. Studies confirm that commuter subsidies pull people off of transit and into their cars. Expanding commuter parking on residential streets encourages more congestion and pollution, not less. Let's demand and share in a vision of a more sustainable, walkable Princeton.
This proposal has been described as "gargantuan" "far reaching" and "highly complex". Why didn't the Council make residents aware of the details and impacts?
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