This reader wanted to address what he calls a “major problem with the Neptune/Roosevelt Parking Mall concept” that was posted the other day. His concern was with cars facing busy sidewalks & stores, unlike the existing diagonal parking on E/W Broadway and some blvds where you’re basically just facing other cars.
FROM: A Old Time Long Beach Resident:
“The shopping district from Laurelton to Monroe had nose to the curb (aka: Diagonal) parking I think ever since Park Avenue was paved with red bricks by Senator Reynolds until around 1953 when it was outlawed because of a horrible accident.
It happened in front of Hittlemans Bakery. One day a woman parked nose in, did some shopping and got into her car, started it and the car leaped forward across the sidewalk and hit a child, driving him through the glass storefront of Hittlemans and decapitating him.
Within a couple of weeks all parking was changed to parking parallel with the curb the curb.
Now close to 60 years later the horrible accident is pretty much forgotten. I think that returning to nose in parking is a terrible idea–we learned this the hard way.