To the Editor:
One of the major responsibilities of local government is to listen to residents and respond to their concerns. A fine example of this is the action that Princeton Council recently took to regulate gas leaf blowers. Council members listened to residents and responded with a ban on gas leaf blowers in the summer and winter and on Sundays and holidays. This ban will greatly improve the quality of life in Princeton.
Now Princeton Council needs to apply this same excellent responsiveness to another quality-of-life issue. The Permit Parking Task Force has developed a plan to park all of the employees of Princeton businesses on residential streets. A petition opposing employee parking on the streets near the high school has been signed by 189 residents of that neighborhood and has been sent to Council. Instead of paying attention to this public outcry, a Council member announced triumphantly at a Princeton Council meeting that he had talked to 2 residents of that neighborhood who supported the parking plan. My response is that one can easily find 2 people who will agree to something. It is rare that one finds 189 people in one neighborhood who all agree on something.
The Permit Parking Task Force and Princeton Council need to be responsive to Princeton’s residents. They should not even consider imposing something that residents clearly do not want. The Task Force’s plan should be rejected, at least for neighborhoods that object to it.
If you live within one half mile of a Princeton business, your street is in the plan. Employees would have permits to park all day long on your street. If you object to this, be sure to attend the virtual community meeting at noon on Saturday, November 20, and speak out against the plan. Watch for more details on how to join the meeting.