A little bit of LB History on why no more diagonal parking on Park Avenue

As we talk about all these parking issues and ideas, a reader chimed in with a little bit of history on why we no longer have diagonal/nose to curb parking on Park Avenue.

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.

Granada Drugs and Park Ave
(Photo borrowed from www.ilovelbny.com)

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.

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9 thoughts on “A little bit of LB History on why no more diagonal parking on Park Avenue”

  1. The accident you mention is remembered well by older Long Beach residents. The death of this little girl caused this diagonal parking configuration to be removed from virtually all Long Island shopping districts.

    As years passed and memories faded, the less informed leaders in many areas restored dangerous diagonal parking.

  2. seems to be quite a bit of people getting hit these days as well. Maybe nose in would reduce the speed at which people drive down these roads. Though, may also take up more space and hinder traffic.

  3. I believe that if this plan (http://www.seabythecity.com/?p=22052) was adopted there appears to be enough space to create some kind of buffer (think concrete planters) between the angled parking and the new SBTC Plaza seating area. In fact this buffer could be multi purpose A) Safety, B) Aesthetic and C)Sound buffering.

  4. Northport has had diagonal parking since the days of the trolley. To guard against just such an accident the curbs are higher than average. One would have to get a running start to jump them.

  5. Rehobeth Beach shares the Northport plan. High curbs, diagonal parking and a wide street with center mall creates a nice atmosphere. On Park Avenue, parkers backing into 35mph through traffic would be worrisome to quarter panels.

  6. We are also talking about Northport where people, for the most part, drive the speed limit in the town which allows parked drivers to be able to back out of a spot. We would be risking our lives more than we already do now when pulling out of a spot on park. If we could monitor and get people too slow down, we could consider a new parking plan.

  7. Was this car jumping forward issue a major problem in the 50’s? I’ve tried starting a manual while in gear as a kid which made the car hop a half a foot, but never enough to jump a curb. I’d be much more concerned about backing up into traffic.

  8. Also, people drive onto sidewalks (often killing people) on occasion. I don’t think that means we shouldn’t have sidewalks adjacent to streets.

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