Letters to the Editor: Tow Trucks Target Cars From F.C. Gas Station

July 17, 2014 10:02 AM2 comments

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Letters to the Editor: July 17 – 23, 2014

Tow Trucks Target Cars From F.C. Gas Station

Editor,

Recently, I parked my car in the parking lot of Broadale Village Shopping Center to stop by at the Mary Stiles Library next door to pick up a book on hold and have coffee at the Starbucks in the shopping center with my book. I spent no more than 15 minutes at the library to find out on my way to Starbucks that my car was missing. My initial reaction was to report a stolen car as cars are usually towed from a shopping center parking lot only for violations of handicapped parking space. When I made an inquiry at Famous Dave’s restaurant about what might have happened to my car, the hostess told me about a towing warning sign (conveniently hidden by a tree branch) and suggested that I call the number of tow truck company.

Sure enough, the company had my car in their lot. When I picked up my car from their parking lot, I showed the attendant a receipt that I checked one book from the library and explained that my visit to the library was very brief. I told him that their towing policy was “predatory.” He said that several persons have used the exact word “predatory” in their letters to the News-Press.

A couple of days later, I watched the modus operandi of the pounce and snatch operation. The tow truck was parked in the Exxon gas station next door facing the library. It was clear that the persons who are targeted are library patrons as the tow truck operator cannot see violators at the other end of the shopping center.

K.A. Jagannathan

Falls Church

 

Does F.C. Really Not Have Time or Money for Safety?

Editor,

Is the City of Falls Church really serious that they do not have time nor money (or compassion) to do the safety traffic upgrades to the City? What are the workmen or contractors working on that they cannot help make a school area safer? I shudder to think of the traffic and lack of safe traffic patterns when the Harris Teeter and West End projects really get started.

Also what is taking so long to finish one stoplight at the corner of Virginia and W. Broad? Are they finding more than they bargained for in the building of this fixture?

Barb Molino

Falls Church

 

Traffic Calming Request Requirement Unfairly Biased

Editor,

In reference to last week’s traffic calming article, this spring I joined over 40 of my neighbors from Cameron, Greenway and George Mason roads at a Falls Church City Council meeting of the Citizens Advisory Committee on Transportation (CACT). We were there to express our concern at the constant speeding through our streets which endanger the safety of our residents, especially the many children, elderly and disabled who live there. Despite the high turnout, the CACT declined the request because 75% of all three streets were not there in attendance to sign the petition.

The 75% standard for traffic abatement is unfairly biased towards streets with large lots. A low-density street with large lots would need only, for example, 12 out of 16 concerned residents to meet the 75% threshold. To meet the standard for our three higher density streets, we would have needed around 108 residents to attend in-person on a school night. Instead, the standard for moving forward with traffic calming measures should be based on the number of residents, particularly those with children, or who are elderly or disabled, and on and the street’s proximity to schools and highways.

Bob Dunn

Falls Church

 

FCNP Praise for W. Broad Development Is Misplaced

Editor,

The News-Press’ praise for what’s going on along Broad Street will be shown as highly misplaced in the months to come.

With the traffic that will be generated by the complex replacing the old post office and other businesses, along with the loss of parking spaces from the departure of our Burger King, Broad Street is destined to be an incredible tunnel of cars. Additionally, the traffic created at Tinner Hill will spill over to Broad Street.

It is truly a little city and the congestion that will be added by decisions of the City Council in the past year will likely be shown at the City’s ballot box during the next election. The Council’s attempt to “think big” will overcome the “Little City” in the near future.

Robert Mansker

Falls Church

 

Thank You for Story On Bike Riding Fundraiser

Editor,

I always enjoy your human interest stories, but I especially enjoyed the story of Carol Sly, who has raised a lot of money for cancer research. I was inspired to think of ways that I can do to help out my community and the world.

Thank you for the amazing story.

William Conroy

Via the Internet

 


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  • http://www.fallschurchva.gov/ City of Falls Church, VA

    Dear Barb Molino and Bob Dunn,

    You raise good questions about the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program (NTC). These are the same questions that program applicants, City Council, the Citizens Advisory Committee on Transportation (CACT), and staff have been asking. The existing program suffers from several problems that lead to frustration for everyone involved. While the outcome of any public process may lead to disappointment for some, the process itself should not be the cause of the problems.
    To correct the problems facing the NTC Program, the CACT is leading an effort to update the program. Information about the existing program as well as information about the status of the program update is available here (http://www.fallschurchva.gov/NTC).
    If you have any questions about the program or the program update, or if you want to participate in the program update, please give me a call or send me an email. I work in the City’s Planning Division. I provide staff support for the CACT and help administer the NTC Program. I can be reached at 703-248-5041 or stoddard@fallschurchva.gov.

    –Paul Stoddard, Senior Planner, 703-248-5041, pstoddard@fallschurchva.gov
    (posted by the City’s Office of Communications)

  • David

    Bob Dunn raises some fair concerns about the traffic calming requirements, but the notion that percentage requirements should be based on offspring, age, or disability seems both impractical and absurd (and potentially unconstitutional). The City should consider (but not necessarily implement) all legitimate requests for traffic calming, regardless of the percentage of neighbors who sign a petition.

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