Sidewalk Access Denied in Nob Hill

Since moving to the Nob Hill neighborhood over two years ago, I have always been irked by the lack of common sense and courtesy displayed by the drivers who own or frequent the businesses in a small office complex just off Bryn Mawr and Silver. Due to a driveway that is right in front of the complex, vehicles are parked in such a way that they literally block off the sidewalk. At times I have been forced to leave the sidewalk and walk into the street to navigate the obstacle the vehicles create. The blocking of the sidewalk is blatant and obvious, as noted in the pictures I took today, so if someone wants to plead ignorance, here is proof of just how ignorant they have to be. Normally, I curse the owners of the vehicles as I negotiate my way around their very nice, shiny vehicles and go my own way. I have contemplated writing a letter to the property owner to complain, but something tells me a letter from Joe Q. Public isn't going to be a cause for concern to these folks. But today was different.

 

As I approached the vehicle blocking off the entire sidewalk, I noticed a post-it note on the driver's window. It was a plea from someone else asking the driver to not block off the sidewalk, it is illegal to do so, and someone using a wheelchair would be restricted from using the sidewalk. (As if this thought never occurred to anyone over the last two years this has been going on.) I found myself wondering why the city has allowed this situation to continue all this time. Doesn't Nob Hill have a business association that keeps its pulse on the area? I mean, the pictures attached show parking lots available on both sides of the businesses, each with empty parking spots waiting to be used. The sidewalk is supposed to be for pedestrians. And in an area that places appearance at a premium, what about all those oil stains on the walk?

 

So, my fellow Duke City Fixers, if you know where I should report this, or to who, it would be greatly appreciated.

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Comment by Lahjik on July 10, 2012 at 7:16pm

I would say one letter to the management company, you should be able to track them down by the phone number on the sign, though I can't make it out from the pic.  Request a reply by a specific date or you will have to contact City code enforcement.  If the Management Co. doesn't pony up and make a resolution then contact code enforcement and file a complaint.  Follow up with the city and find out what, if any, requirements there are and keep eyes on to see if they are followed.  If the issue is then resolved it might not be a bad idea to contact the Management Company and thank them (more flies with honey and all that.)  If the City does nothing then it's possible that there are no applicable codes but you could then take it to whatever "Troubleshooter" the local news stations have. 
Hope you can come to an agreement with the property management that keeps everybody safe and happy.

Comment by Amy on July 11, 2012 at 8:32am

Yay! Go note-leaver! I have had this issue many, many times trying to walk by this place. It is annoying.

Comment by Phil_0 on July 11, 2012 at 9:14am

Hear hear. This happens in our neighborhood a lot and drives me nuts. This IS in fact illegal, so if it's a recurring problem you might get in the habit of calling 311 or even 242-COPS.

Comment by Richard V on July 11, 2012 at 9:26am

phil: there is parking on the street that is regulated, so i know parking enforcement personnel must drive by from time to time. apparently they just turn a blind eye. the cops aren't interested in enforcing this kind of thing.

amy: yes. if the person had not left a note, i probably would have just walked on by, like usual. but it validated my own frustrations with the issue. it's just a complete lack of common courtesy and common sense.

Comment by Chris on July 11, 2012 at 10:21am

You should contact our city councilor Rey Garduno. He might be able to help with this problem. There also is neighborhood association and a business association both can be found on net.

Comment by Slick 27 on July 11, 2012 at 1:05pm

Maybe a photo of the license plate posted here of this scofflaw will shame him into obeying the law.

Comment by Amy on July 11, 2012 at 2:45pm

Unfortunately, it's not one scofflaw. I have seen multiple cars do it. Part of it is how it is set up - it's not a good situation. But, still, these cars have to realize when they park like that they are blocking the sidewalk. It would be impossible not to know.

Comment by Chris on July 11, 2012 at 3:03pm

It would be very easy to fix this problem but it needs to come from the neighborhood association or business association. I am not in that area but will forward thisd to the contact I have for the neighborhood association. What will really get everyone to pay attention is a law suite from either a disabled person getting hurt by being forced out into traffic or a blind person getting hurt from a vehicule blocking the side walk but hopefully we can fix it before then.

 

 

 

 

Comment by Chris on July 11, 2012 at 5:45pm

Sent an email to Rey Garduno earlier this afternoon just got his reply sometimes it works better to do something rather than just talk about doing something. Richard V you need to get with Rey and see if maybe the city could install car bumpers to keep the cars from pulling forward that far. It might all be on private property but zoning should keep that from happening.

Chris:
Thank you for the email; especially for making me aware of this issue - I will contact the Department of Municipal Development and have them send some Parking Enforcement folks to cite these illegal parkers.

It is regrettable this has been going on so long; it is true that these vehicles are a danger to Pedestrians especially if they are in a wheelchair or parents with a stroller. The fact that these vehicles are impeding "walkers" from use of the sidewalk forcing them to step into the street where they could be struck by a vehicle which driver would not expect a person on the street.

Thank you again, let me know how else we can be of help. Rey...


Rey Garduño
Albuquerque City Councilor
District 6

Julian Moya, Assistant
julianmoya@cabq.gov
768-3152

Comment by Richard V on July 11, 2012 at 5:58pm

thanks for everyone's 2 cents. i emailed Rey this morning:

 

Dear Richard:

Thank you for the email and post on DCF; especially for making me aware of this issue - I will contact the Department of Municipal Development and have them send some Parking Enforcement folks to cite these illegal parkers.
You are absolutely correct these vehicles are a danger to Pedestrians especially if they are in a wheelchair or parents with a stroller. The fact that these vehicles are impeding "walkers" from use of the sidewalk forcing them to step into the street where they could be struck by vehicle which driver would not expect a person on the street.
Thank you again, let me know how else our office can be of help. Rey...

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