What Would You Improve in Ridgewood in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for your town, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Ridgewood to make it an even better place to live?

There's been a lot of talk about fixes to parking, future developments, the tax rate and more.

What is on your Ridgewood wish list? What would you improve in 2013? What would you change?

Tell us in the comment section below or blog about what you might change.

Ridgewood Mom January 03, 2013 at 01:11 PM
I still say that parking is a cinch at all times in the CBD. Dirt cheap (a couple of dimes or quarters is essentially free) and easy. I don't understand the complaints.
JAFO January 03, 2013 at 02:12 PM
agreed, but everyone feels they are entitled to park directly in front of the store/restaurant they are visiting.
jp1 January 03, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Long time resident and i have no problem parking in the cbd.
Ridgewood Mom January 03, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Yes JAFO, and no amount of parking lots or garages will improve upon that situation. Let's say I want to park right in front of The Stable or in front of a business on the west side, and we put in a new parking facility somewhere down near The Daily Treat. If I'm not happy walking from the angle parking off of Van Neste square, or off one of the smaller side streets somewhere, then I definitely won't be happy walking from the area down by the post office. "Free" parking would make the situation much worse because it would mean that a car could remain in front of a particular business indefinitely, not ever making space for the driver of the next vehicle that would like to park right in front of the same business. And the cost of the meters is so nominal that it is laughable to imagine it as a serious deterrent. Ridgewood has a traditional downtown area, which lies at the very nature of its distinct charm. If we place free parking lots all over the place it will mean fewer businesses per square foot and more parked cars per square foot. It will mean decentralizing and making of the area into less of a pedestrianized downtown setting. In other words, more strip mall like. Not at all worth the trade off if you ask me.
Baba Booey January 07, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Get rid of the Ford Escapes that the parking enforcement has, save $, make them ride bikes.


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