Point : Counterpoint on DNJ OpEd

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This street looks big only because it’s the circle end of a cul de sac. Look at the yards for the reality of how the parking ordinance could hurt homeowners.

While the DNJ was right on target in today’s year-end review article called “2012 Winners & Losers” about the city benefiting from Bruce Richardson as interim city administrator and a mayor working full time, we have a very differing opinion about calling the Board of Mayor and Aldermen “Losers” in this instance,

LOSERS: The La Vergne Board of Mayor & Aldermen retreated from efforts to ban residents from parking on their front yards. Upon more in-depth review, there were too many homes built as high-density housing with short driveways, leaving no other parking options for these homeowners since a ban parking on streets is already in place. The board vowed to continue to look for other solutions, but none has yet been considered.

Do we argue that our city loses because the parking ban wasn’t passed?  In one sense we do lose because the high density housing and short driveways do not allow ample parking options.  But do we think the Board of Mayor and Aldermen are losers? No, we do not.  In fact, we applaud the city for at least looking at the possibility of prohibiting parking in front yards because it really does lessen property values.  But the leadership did the right thing when they backed away from the measure.  There are no easy answers to the parking problems, short of somehow finding funding to buy up empty houses, raze them, and then build green, appealing parking facilities for neighborhoods.  If anyone has any funding suggestions on how to do this, please feel free to share their ideas!

The bottom line – and in response to the DNJ article – we believe your “loser” label was mistaken. This administration is comprised of board members who are working FOR our city.  That they chose to not penalize these homeowners who have only very limited parking, well in our opinion, that’s a WINNER.

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