Last week I found myself in Hoboken quite randomly, had to go to Jersey City to get my taxes done and jumped on a Citibike and cruised the Hudson River waterfront. Cutting back thru the neighborhoods on the return trip I just couldn't believe how comfortable the streets felt to ride (and walk) on. I started realizing that nearly every corner I came to there was the practice of "daylighting" going on, a technical term for removing car parking at the corners in order to make street users more visible.
And at many of the intersections it was on BOTH sides of BOTH corners of the streets. Meaning that in some cases we are talking 8, 12 or even 16(!!) car parking spaces removed.
Of course since this ride was very unplanned - though I did bring along my camera thinking I could get some nice NYC skyline shots (nope, overcast) - I didn't schedule to talk to anyone from the City of Hoboken or did any research. But glad I had my camera because I eventually started taping and put together this soft rant on everything I observed!
I really think this impromptu Streetfilm will be valuable in communities across the USA (and world). We are often told by our cities or communities that it is impossible to even remove a handful or parking space. The City of Hoboken has proved that many hundreds of parking spaces removed for the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists and other drivers is a good thing.