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Old 09-26-2017, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Fanwood
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First of all, I believe that this is a suburb issue, not an urban/city issue. It's only an issue where most people have a driveway, and it is caused by cars that are not parked on the driveway.

Streets are indeed public property, and there is no law prohibiting anyone from parking unless there is no parking sign.

I think it is an issue of etiquette, and that's why people disagree on what's proper. There is no gold standard that everyone agrees.

Here is MY understanding of good etiquette: It's okay to park in front of someone's house from time to time IF you have no other space to park and IF your car is NOT in anyway making it difficult for your neighbors car to get in and out of their driveway. If you have sufficient space on your driveway, you should park ALL of your cars there even if it means shuffling the cars in and out sometimes. I consider it rude if someone parks their car in front of my house regularly even though they have space on their driveway. If it's when they have guests and there is no place to put their cars, then I wouldn't care less if their guests park their cars in front of my house for a couple of days, again assuming their cars are not making it difficult for me to get in and out of my driveway.

I'm sure some people agree with me while others don't. I would be interested in learning in what way people disagree with my etiquette standard.
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Old 09-26-2017, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Watervliet, NY
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This thread, as old as it really fascinates me. I have lived in Manasquan for most of my life. No one cares where you park on the street as long as you are not blocking a driveway. The notion that someone would be bothered by a car parking along the public road in front of a home is unimaginable to me. Maybe its a function of how far back your house is? Most of the houses here have a decent sized front yard, so could that be it?
Same here. I have never lived in a city where there is a law that states that a homeowner also owns the curbside street in front of their house. And I now live on a block where all off the house except maybe one or two don't have driveways (because they are of 1890's-era vintage), so it is on-street parking for 98-99% of the folks who live on that block.
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Old 09-26-2017, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Fanwood
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This thread, as old as it really fascinates me. I have lived in Manasquan for most of my life. No one cares where you park on the street as long as you are not blocking a driveway. The notion that someone would be bothered by a car parking along the public road in front of a home is unimaginable to me. Maybe its a function of how far back your house is? Most of the houses here have a decent sized front yard, so could that be it?
I'm curious to know how you know "no one cares?"

As I wrote in my other post, I believe this is a suburb issue, not an urban issue. When we lived in Downtown Jersey City, we parked wherever we could find a spot (but no one had a driveway there).

And in suburb while there is no law against parking your car in front of your neighbor's house (if there is no sign), you'll never know how your neighbor feels about it unless you ask them.

I do mind people regularly park their cars in front of my house even though they have driveway to park, and I assume most people share the same sentiment.

Again, this is an issue of etiquette, and that's why people disagree.
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Old 09-26-2017, 01:01 PM
 
Location: in the clouds, of course!
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I had a neighbor who always had her workmen (painters, landscapers, etc.) park on my side of the street in front of my house.

She didn't want their "old cars" polluting the look of her property. LOL. Neighbors.
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