Tuesday, March 1, 2011

I'm back! And parking lots are the Devil!

Yeah, yeah, my blog has been quiet for a while...between shoveling the never-ending snow and a vacation, it's been hard to find time to blog. In case you missed me, here's a good old JR rant!


What is it about parking lots that turns good drivers into bad drivers and bad drivers into psychopaths who would park on a burning oil well to avoid walking an additional ten feet?? Is it some weird form of mass psychosis? How else can you explain someone waiting for a space for a longer time than it would've taken them to park a little farther and walk to the store?

With that in mind, here are my nominees for the worst parking lots in Stamford:
- Goodwill: impossible to get in, impossible to get out.
- John the Baker: gotta love backing out into a busy five-way intersection.
- Subway on Elm Street: it's always full of litter, the curb cut is wrong, and it's impossible to make a left out of the lot.
- Stamford train station: not only is it crumbling and overcrowded, they have the gall to charge you $8 even on weekends!

And the winner is: Ridgeway! I specifically mean the portion of the parking lot on Summer Street near Michael's, Modell's and Carter's. People will circle and circle and circle to get a spot on that side rather than parking over by Staples and (GASP!) walking thirty feet.

As for the worst parking lot in our general area, I think it's a tie between Whole Foods in Greenwich and Costco in Norwalk. Not only is the Whole Foods lot far too small and cramped, it's also populated by Greenwich housewives in obnoxiously huge SUVs who are oblivious to anyone else on the planet.

I think Costco's parking lot may have been built on an ancient burial ground, because I have never seen so much madness in one place. People park in the fire lanes, make their own spots, and sit (and sit...and sit...and sit...) for waaaay too long waiting for a closer spot. Here's a helpful hint: drive to the mysterious lower level for a spot! There's a good chance you'll actually end up closer to the door!

So...your thoughts? Any other awful parking lots I missed?

13 comments:

Henry H said...

Roly Poly on 259 Hope St. definitely has a horrid parking lot. It's on a fairly busy intersection, and has a weird incline that makes it hard to not roll down into traffic if your car's brakes falter even a little. If you didn't back into your parking space, it's even worse because you have to do it in reverse. Not to mention how small it is and how hard to maneuver your vehicle it can get if (God forbid) someone else is there too.

Debbie said...

My vote for worst Stamford parking is the one at the Gov't Center. The turns to access the ramps to go up & down are so tight you often see people have to stop and back up and try again.

Streets of Stamford said...

Debbie - You're right! How could I forget the Government Center lot? It's cramped and dark and those ramps are hard to turn into! Did they build it thinking that everyone would be driving Mini Coopers in the future??

Gofer1 said...

Costco is right on. Sometimes I just drive in and turn around. They should put another driveway right to the lower level because you spend so much time getting there.
I would ad DMV in Norwalk never a space

Colleen said...

Target!! No one realizes there are two more levels above!!!

Orville said...

My vote goes to the twin rinks in Stamford. A nightmare during the snow season.

Streets of Stamford said...

Colleen: I always head to the top deck at Target. You're not saving any money or time by sitting and waiting for a spot on the first level!

Orville: Yes! The Twin Rinks lot is too cramped.

Anonymous said...

Please people please..... DON'T tell anyone about the secret lower level at Costco or upper levels at Target. They're MINE ALL MINE. lol.

Anonymous said...

you can't mention the target lot (which undoubtly brings out the stupid in so many people) without mention of the amazing rip off of charging a dollar to park with no validation! It drives me up a wall to spend $100+ in that store and then have to pay another dollar to park.

Streets of Stamford said...

YES!! That annoying dollar fee always burns my biscuits. I try to get around it whenever possible by parking on the street after 6:00 or on Sunday or in the Summer Street garage before 5:00 on weekends. There are free spots to be found if you're willing to walk a little!

Whitemist said...

Ridgewat definately ranks number one, but Target's P2 Parking should never have been and you have to pay.Febuary was kind to us, maybe this snow will go away.

Streets of Stamford said...

I should also add that I love pulling into the parking lot at the Darien Whole Foods and seeing Escalades and other SUVs in the fuel-efficient vehicle spots.

Anonymous said...

Boy are you on the money with this one.People will drive around for 15 minutes not to walk a couple of feet. But please don't forget the people who warm up their car in the summer because they know your waiting for their spot.