American Glory's owner, Joe Fierro, had gotten a mass gathering permit from the City of Hudson, approved by the mayor, the chief of police, and the DPW superintendent, but he neglected to tell any of his fellow business owners on the block that, on a busy spring holiday weekend, their customers wouldn't be able to park in front of their shops and restaurants. He also neglected to tell the staff at the Hudson Opera House, where sixty people were expected for a wedding reception, that the number of parking spaces available to them would be greatly reduced.
As 2 o'clock approached, a handful of early birds were already parked on the north side of the street, parallel to the curb. It seemed briefly that Fierro might have abandoned his plan to park the cars diagonally on both sides of the street. But shortly after 2:30, the cars started reparking diagonally, reportedly tying up traffic as they did so. At one point, with most of the cars parked diagonally on the north side of the street and only one classic car parked parallel to the curb on the south side of the street, traffic on that section of Warren Street was reduced to one lane.
It will be interesting to see what happens if more cars show up. Will they be parked diagonally on the south side of the street? Will cars traveling on Warren Street be able to get through? Will police officers be there to direct traffic and mediate stand-offs?
Stay tuned. Gossips is about to head back out there to see what's happening.