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What Would You Improve in Ridgewood in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for your town, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Ridgewood to make it an even better place to live?

There's been a lot of talk about fixes to parking, future developments, the tax rate and more.

What is on your Ridgewood wish list? What would you improve in 2013? What would you change?

Tell us in the comment section below or blog about what you might change.

kpirozzi January 02, 2013 at 09:06 AM
Free parking in downtown area, property tax cuts, senior buses
Dennis Martinez January 02, 2013 at 12:37 PM
A permanent solution to the parking problem has been discussed for more than 25 years and never results in anything beyond study after study. I'd like to see this finally resolved. I'd like to see underground walkway at the train station look good. Right now it is unsightly and doesn't represent Ridgewood well. Last but not least, I'd like to see the police have a more visible presence throughout the community. This goes for the police for all of the surrounding towns. A more active patrol might do more to prevent some criminal activity; especially burglaries.
jp1 January 02, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Enforcement of traffic laws especially speeding.
thetentman January 02, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Pave Van Dien Ave.
News Man January 02, 2013 at 02:18 PM
"What needs improvement" is not the problem but, finding solutions that can be easily accepted by nay sayers that just keep muddying up the waters. The photo posted here of the "RR tunnel" was one that some how just gets talked about but, never gets done.
John Hahn January 02, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Merge police departments with Glen Rock & Ho-Ho-Kus. 1 chief. captains would manage each community.
Pete January 02, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Reduce property taxes. Remove blue laws so stores can be open on Sundays. Increase parking. Train go direct to New York.
WC January 02, 2013 at 07:48 PM
put power lines underground.
sharon newman January 02, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Why not put an end to the dispute with Valley Hospital by getting something the entire town can use. What if Valley offered the public a shuttle service between the hospital and the Ridgewood train station. The hospital is already running a shuttle service to its other building in Paramus. Why not offer a similar service into town (free or at a small cost) between 6am and say 8 or 9pm each day?
Ridgewood Mom January 02, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Reduce class sizes in the schools.
Ridgewood Mom January 02, 2013 at 08:25 PM
I don't care for the second and third of these, but I definitely agree about having a direct train to the city.
Ridgewood Mom January 02, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Yes. And not just in the CBD.
Christian Walsh January 03, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Paving, leaf cleanup and snow removal all need improvement. Parking in the CBD is horrific. Do away with the meters, or provide a lot for VOR only. Even require an annual fee of necessary. But make it possible for residents to support the town we live in without getting parking tickets or driving around aimlessly looking for another spot because of time limits on meters. And who carries a pocket full of quarters? No one. Traffic enforcement in residential areas would be helpful. There is a person in my neighborhood who feels it is their right to park in front of a stop sign next to a fire hydrant every night. Calls to the PD return no results as the person has never been discouraged from parking there. Traffic officers in town should ticket anyone driving whe talking on a cell phone and also anyone not using a directional signal. These are not bold ideas. These rules are in place for the lost part. And lastly, what good would a shuttle between the train station and the hospital do for village residents? Most of us do not live within walking distance to the hospital, nor would we be well served by a shuttle that goes between those two places. Perhaps the hospital should leave town and move to one of their satellite locations in Paramus. Tax exempt status not really helping the village.
Long Time Resident January 03, 2013 at 01:30 AM
1) Find a new qualified and competent Village Manager. 2) Develop a commercial area on Route 17 by Paramus Road to add to the tax base. 3) Contact NJ Transit to see if a parking garage for commuters and workers in the CBD could be developed by NJ Transit and the Village on the Ken Smith site. 4) Elininate rear yard garbage pickup. 5) Remove trees that grow into the power lines and replace those trees with trees that grow to a height well below the power lines.
Ridgewooder January 03, 2013 at 02:12 AM
Increase taxes on landlords with vacant store fronts with the rate increasing in proportion to the time vacant. APPROVE THE VALLEY EXPANSION. Attract some high end chain stores to downtown. Multistory parking structure on old car dealership's property.
Brian January 03, 2013 at 11:39 AM
My understanding is that the direct train is impossible. You would have to run electric lines along the Main and Bergen line. You cant run diesel engines through those tunnels.
Ridgewood Mom January 03, 2013 at 01:11 PM
I still say that parking is a cinch at all times in the CBD. Dirt cheap (a couple of dimes or quarters is essentially free) and easy. I don't understand the complaints.
JAFO January 03, 2013 at 02:12 PM
agreed, but everyone feels they are entitled to park directly in front of the store/restaurant they are visiting.
jp1 January 03, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Long time resident and i have no problem parking in the cbd.
Ridgewood Mom January 03, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Yes JAFO, and no amount of parking lots or garages will improve upon that situation. Let's say I want to park right in front of The Stable or in front of a business on the west side, and we put in a new parking facility somewhere down near The Daily Treat. If I'm not happy walking from the angle parking off of Van Neste square, or off one of the smaller side streets somewhere, then I definitely won't be happy walking from the area down by the post office. "Free" parking would make the situation much worse because it would mean that a car could remain in front of a particular business indefinitely, not ever making space for the driver of the next vehicle that would like to park right in front of the same business. And the cost of the meters is so nominal that it is laughable to imagine it as a serious deterrent. Ridgewood has a traditional downtown area, which lies at the very nature of its distinct charm. If we place free parking lots all over the place it will mean fewer businesses per square foot and more parked cars per square foot. It will mean decentralizing and making of the area into less of a pedestrianized downtown setting. In other words, more strip mall like. Not at all worth the trade off if you ask me.
Baba Booey January 07, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Get rid of the Ford Escapes that the parking enforcement has, save $, make them ride bikes.

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