Where should the city draw the line between preserving a neighborhood’s character and allowing a growing neighborhood to park wherever it can?
Several articles in the Brooklyn Paper in recent weeks identified a number of houses in Carroll Gardens that were illegally using their front yard space to park, which is explicitly prohibited in “decades old zoning designed preserve the gardens that give the neighborhood its name.”
Since then, the Department of Buildings has ticketed a number of homes on Fourth Place between Smith and Court streets for violating this zoning. This is not the big bad city moving in to berate the little guy either. The Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association has reportedly been pushing the city to step in.
Says a spokesperson for the group “it looks like a trailer park,” which isn’t exactly the atmosphere that the association would like it seems.
As new buildings are continuing to go up and the number of cars on the streets increase, it remains unclear what drivers are going to do.
But clearly, parking on the front lawn is no longer an option.