At the last meeting of the Common Council Public Works and Parks Committee, Alderman Jane Trombley (First Ward) expressed the opinion, "Alternate side of the street parking is a real pain." That inspired Alderman John Rosenthal (Fourth Ward), who chairs the Legal Committee as well as the Public Works and Parks Committee, to declare that the issue of alternate side of the street parking would be taken up after the first of the year and inspired Aliya Schneider of the Register-Star to do something of an enterprise story on the topic: "City to mull parking rules."
When I moved to Hudson in 1993, it took one parking ticket to make me realize that finding all the cars parked on one side of the street leaving the other side completely free for me wasn't a happy fluke. Since then, it has been easy to get into the rhythm of alternate side of the street parking. I never considered it a great hardship. The one thing that catches some people up is when the 31st of one month is followed by the 1st of the next month, and cars need to be parked on the odd side for two nights in a row.
Strangely, although the overnight parking rule is elegantly simple once you catch on, it's challenging to explain--especially with the brevity needed for signage.
One thing the Council needs to remember in its deliberations about changing the alternate side of the street parking policy is that it doesn't exist to inconvenience people or to extort money in parking fines from residents and visitors. It exists to allow the streets to be cleaned more than once a week, and the reason for frequent street cleaning is something that must be seriously considered. Regular and frequent street cleaning decreases the amount of street debris and pollutants, especially oils and other automotive fluids, that would otherwise end up in the river, carried there by storm water. According to Rosenthal, other cities don't clean their streets as often as Hudson does, but those cities are likely not riverfront communities.
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