Homeowners target Belmont Ave. employers over parking spaces

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)–A handful of Richmond neighbors are fed up with people parking in front of their homes, and have taken matters into their own hands.

Some employers in the area near Belmont and Floyd Avenue, west of Boulevard Avenue, are upset that their workers have been targeted with what they call “harassing letters.”

Workers each said they found a letter on their car with a map highlighted in yellow. The note, from area homeowners, requested the drivers not to park in front of their homes everyday. The letter asked the driver to rotate where he or she parks.

belmontletterThe letter also mentioned that eight homes in the area have 10 cars and too often they have no space to park in when they return home from work.

Those who received the letter expressed irritation.

Joshua Coleman who lives nearby said it has happened to him in the past.

“I think it’s a sense of entitlement in a neighborhood with old wealth that insists on these types of things,” he said. ” I think it’s better to be communal–everyone deserves a parking space.”

CBS 6 contacted the Department of Public Works.  A spokesperson confirmed there are no parking restriction in this section west of the Boulevard, which means no driver is breaking the law when they park in front of the homes.

John Webb lived near Floyd and Belmont for a few years. He says he constantly had to deal with people parking in front of his home.

“It was a little frustrating, but I mostly got over it,” he said. “I’m kind of a non-confrontational person.”

I mean, I know people need to work and get money and if they need a place to park, they just need to park there,” he added.

He also believes not parking in front of someone’s home is a  matter of courtesy and neighborly respect.

“I think if they’re fed up with it and they want to take it into their own hands they should get a petition, and talk to authorities,” Webb said. “Otherwise the problem is never going to change.”

Public Works spokesperson Sharon North tells CBS 6 those homeowners can work with their neighborhood association and their city council person to address the problem and see if parking restrictions are warranted.

That process normally involves the city conducting a detailed traffic and parking study.

21 comments

  • Glen Allen

    Why would anyone buy or rent a home that does not have a designated parking space? It is not the 1800’s. Get real, deal with it, or move to the counties.

      • drew

        Then don’t cry when you live in the city and have to deal with parking issues. Last time I checked, buying a house in the fan, museum district, etc., did not grant a person a permanent and exclusive easement on the street to park.

  • Reasonable Man With No Skin In The Issue

    I don’t see the issue with what the neighborhood did with distributing the letter. It is not harassing in any way. It was a well-thought out and well-communicated request. They have the right to do that, and maybe it will affect a positive change, and maybe it won’t. But it doesn’t hurt to ask in the respectful way they did it. And people with parking needs have the right to park wherever legally possible. Probably won’t change much, but at least they are going about it the right way, and not resorting to really harassing and nasty tactics.

  • Heather Marie

    If you live in the fan parking is first come first serve everywhere regardless of who you are. I live by VCU and I don’t go to school their either. So guess what all of the VCU students park on my block and leave their cars all day as well as local employees. There are also No parking signs on Monday or Tuesday from 11-1 on this block which makes it hectic too. Am I complaining about parking, no, I will drive around and find a spot for 10 minutes just like everyone else has to. If you want easy access parking find a local lot and pay for it monthly. This is a city wide problem that should be addressed. Not to local employees!

  • seelucava@gmail.com

    Wake up America! Our obesity crisis is the direct result of the environments we are choosing to live in. Screw your car and walk/ride a bike for once.

  • Alex

    i live just down the street from belmont on Floyd and I too have issue with outsiders parking in front of our houses. when people actually learn how to parallel park then the problem will resolve itself. People park with huge spaces between them and the car in front or back of them causing fewer spaces to be available. Also, when an end of block no parking sign is in the vicinity, people think well I’ll park with rear of car in line with the sign, never thinking well if I park closer to car in front of me maybe someone else can squeeze in to the space behind me. Those who park on floyd to avoid being hit on the side streets should complain to city about apartments not having enough spaces for their tenents. I find it disturbing that a car sits in front of my house for days if not weeks at time never moving and they clearly do not live on Floyd. they should park on side street if they live on side street. and yes, I pay alot of TAXES, do the people in school who live in apartments pay real estate taxes? I do and my money is already wasted by the city. We used to have an even bigger problem when Planned Parenthood was across the street. their clients routinely disposed of garbage and pee bottles on the sidewalk and used every parking space on the street. I understand that the parking is un-restricted on Floyd, that does not necessarily mean carte blanche to the transients, common decency can go a long way on this issue.

    • musuem district renter w/no tax deduction bennies

      “do the people in school who live in apartments pay real estate taxes”

      fyi, the rental property owners pay the same tax rate as you and pass that cost along to their tenants. so yes, renters pay taxes too, albeit indirectly; only they don’t get the deduction at the end of the year like landlords — and you — do.

      • alex

        to be honest I did not think of your arguement however it seems flawed to me. if the landlord truly passes the whole amount of taxes on to you as a tenent, then your rent must be very high. If the landlord pays twice what I do, then you must be paying at least an extra 100.00 per month for the previlege of living in the city and still you will never come close to paying what I do per year. Perhaps you should move to suburbs and buy a house so you can get the free bennies. I have lived in the same house for over 25 years and yes I do think it is a right of a HOMEOWNER to have his own parking spot, irregardless of where he lives. Your landlord should be required to provide parking just as a business must be allocated a certain number of spots for his patrons. When a car sits for days or weeks in the same spot, it is not only unfair to others but it becomes an eyesore. When people who have very bad parking skills overcompensate and leave huge spaces between cars, then they are again being unfair to others. I have seen people park so badly that 2 and 3 spaces have been removed from the equation just by their actions. If a car sits so long that I can’t even get mine washed and vacumned, then they are being unfair to me and others. Most of my neighbors are quite cognizant of parking and do a good job but there are always going to be some people who just don’t see their own mistake or more likely don’t careless. that is where our world is headed, selfishness and greed.

    • Reasonable Man With No Skin In The Issue

      “when people actually learn how to parallel park, then the problem will resolve itself. People park with huge spaces between them and the car in front or back of them causing fewer spaces to be available.”

      Alex, if this is indeed the case, then the simple solution would be to have the curbside parking spaces marked out with those lines that are perpendicular to the curb. Then you could potentially have enforcement for those that disregard parking within the lines.

      • alex

        Putting markings on the road is just about as good as having a law that tells drivers to move over and not block the passsing lane on the highway yet it happens every day. why, because no law enforcement officer is going to write tickets for hogging the left lane because he would spend his whole day doing that and nothing else. I say to those who sit in the left lane , talking on phone, texting or just daydreaming, move the hell over. This does not happen in Europe, why should it be any different here.

  • athynz

    How is this “harassment”? IF the letters were worded differently or there were several letters every day then yeah I could see it but 1 letter? Come on!

    IMHO it’s common courtesy to not park in front of someone’s house in that type of area whenever possible – one poster mentioned the obesity epidemic… that goes both ways for the homeowner and the workers. When I get home the last thing I want to do after a long day at work is to have to roam around for a parking spot but again too in that part of town it’s first come first served. Perhaps the city should designate parking for each home – say 1 spot in front of each home with deals like the fan uses and only available for homeowners.

  • Lisa

    Someone has a LOT of time on their hands. To draw a map and everything. I mean, my god people, if it’s that upsetting for you to not have parking in front of your house, here is a tip. MOVE TO THE COUNTY.

    Part of living in the city is dealing with issues like this; they don’t own the streets in front of their houses. They technically cannot make this claim, can they?

    • Reasonable Man With No Skin In The Issue

      They are not making any kind of “claim”……they are respectfully asking. You are just like the media…sensationalizing what happened to stir up interest and an adverse reaction.

      • Lisa

        Then I, as a patron of businesses in that neighborhood, respectfully request that homeowners stop parking on these streets. They impede efforts to stimulate the local economy. They are preventing small business from creating jobs. THANKS, OBAMA.

      • alex

        To Lisa: that business you wish to patronize is required to have parking spaces for their patrons, next time ask where it is and use it. We love our businesses too. What the hell does OBAMA have to do with this arguement in the first palce and I don’t even like him.

  • Carey

    People who live in other dense cities don’t cry about parking a couple of blocks from home. Street parking belongs to the city, not the residents. And the walking is good exercise. If you want private parking, build it behind your house.

    Fact of the matter is, when the Fan and Museum District were developed, there were no cars, let alone room for parking to accommodate all the cars we have now. As a resident and employee of the Floyd/Belmont area, I find it hard to believe there are only 10 cars for 8 homes. But in order to combat this problem, the options are simple: sell your car and/or participate in alternative forms of transportation or park a block or two from home and enjoy the exercise.

  • Yoo Hoo

    Can you imagine someone making this request of their neighbors in NYC? I can hear the snarls and guffaws now! I say if you want to park in front of your home, then move to the county. Otherwise, get real, toughen up and put your big city panties on. Park where you find an open spot like the rest of us!

    But I do agree with the concerns about people taking up a space and a half. It’s usually folks from the counties that don’t know how to park. People who live in the city understand the importance of making room for the next person.

  • Gatez

    People need to quit whining. I currently live in the Fan, and until last year, I lived on Floyd on the block east of Belmont for nearly two years. I can recall ONE TIME when I had to park more than two blocks away, and that was the day of the Watermelon Festival. I didn’t often get to park directly in front of my house, but I also didn’t complain about walking a block or two. It comes with the neighborhood. They should ride a bike, walk, or try living somewhere like New York, Chicago, or DC where parking really is a problem.

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