Rumor mill on Acme parking tickets? TRUE

A friendly neighborhood tipster let us know about rumors that Acme was starting to ticket cars in their lot. Well, sure enough, Acme general manager Jim Reardon told us that they have started targeting non-shoppers’ cars during business hours, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The tickets cost $85.

The man – aka Acme – is coming for ya
A few flourescent-colored warning fliers were still tucked under windshield wipers when we stopped by Wednesday afternoon, and at least one ticket. Of course, the parking lot was also nearly two-thirds empty.
Reardon, a South Jerseyan who came to the 10th and Reed store from Mays Landing, said the parking ban had always been in place. “We just haven’t enforced it because there was always sufficient parking,” he said. “Now after summer ended there’s no spots.”Early-rising customers had been complaining they couldn’t find spots in the morning, and Reardon said that when he came into work on Saturday at 7:30 a.m., he had to park around back because there wasn’t a single spot left.

“We’re still offering the community to park in every spot on the perimeter overnight, that’s still OK,” he said. “You just can’t between 7 and 10 when the store’s open. And not in the middle of the lot, but that’s still 50 or so, maybe, 70 spaces.”

The supermarket already hires police to work security five days a week, so when there’s a car out there for over 24 hours, the cop will ticket it. Then if the car stays after the ticket, then the police decide to tow, Reardon said.

“I’m not trying to bust everybody’s stones, but I’ve been getting complaints from customers that it’s getting harder to park,” he said. “I’m not trying to hurt the community, I’m just trying to let my customers park.”
1:30 on a Wednesday. But where will customers park with all those neighborhood cars in the lot?
With parking already one of the neighborhood’s hot-button issues, parking in that area is about sure to be a lot tougher now. Good luck, folks.
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18 thoughts on “Rumor mill on Acme parking tickets? TRUE

  • September 27, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    This is just old busybodies complaining to have something to complain about. There are always spots at Acme. They may not be right next to the front door, but they are there.

    Then again, this is their property, so they can do what they want to.

  • September 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I have no problem with this. The neighbors abused that lot for years and now they have to find street parking like everyone else. Maybe that will discourage people from having 4-5 cars per household. Probably not, but one can dream.

  • September 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    That parking lot should be moved underground. What an eyesore. Move it underground and put a lovely park above it.

  • September 27, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    2 idiots above me: no one around here has 4-5 cars per house. people who have 5 cars to a family don’t live at 10th and Dickinson. other idiot: yeah just dig up a hole and move the parking lot underground. how is it living in fantasy land?

  • September 27, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    I always thought putting a bridge over the passyunk triangle would be the best idea. Like a long golden arch made of gold bricks. So then no one will have to figure out how to cross the Triangle anymore.

  • September 27, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Well, at least the discussion is still a little bit civil.

  • September 27, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Idiot who doesn’t think there are 4-5 cars per house in South Philly – you’re wrong.

  • September 27, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    There are an awful lot of folks who park in the lot and then take the bus to work from the adjacent stop, or who work at the Dickinson post office and park there.

    There are plenty of people in South Philly with four cars to a household (2 parents and 2 driving kids will do it) and plenty of South Philly residents who have their cars registered at relations’ homes in Jersey to avoid the city insurance rates.

    Better to create parking zones in South Philly with residential stickers just like in Center City.

  • September 28, 2012 at 1:05 am

    “Idiot”? “Fool”? Watch your manners, children.

  • September 28, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    perhaps they can clean the lot now that there are less cars? i can only dream…….

  • September 28, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Like always, people who abuse the parking lot ruin it for the rest of us. You should not need to park your car at the Acme for 24+ hours… use the lot as a last resort when you really can’t find anything else, and move it when you can… and that might mean waking up early or checking back in a few hours. Its part of the costs of having a car!!

    Also, why can’t we park 10pm-7am anywhere, why just the perimeter if the Acme is closed anyway?

    To the people about fighting whether people have four cars or not: There are a lot of renters in South Philly too and each roommate has a car… and none of them are registered in Philly either— more like Jersey or the suburbs where the parents are from. Honestly, I am one of them. But, I only have one other roommate. Then again, my neighbors, who own there house for a million plus years, have 3 cars— they have a teenager and each parent have a car.

    Either way, why can’t we take some of those lots available (By pats and genos there’s a grass lot!!) and just turn them into parking spaces if the community needs it so badly?

  • September 28, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    I’m not the first to say this but if you build more parking, all you get is more cars. You cannot build your way out of parking problems. I think they should take all of those perimeter spots and make them Zipcar or PhillyCarShare spaces. The key is making it easier for people to exist without cars. Anyway… that entire triangle… the ACME property, the CVS/Dunkin Donuts Property, the market on the point, Rita’s, the dry cleaner, Triangle Tavern… all needs to be revisioned into something that fits better in a pedestrian context. It has potential to be a real center for the entire neighborhood. It won’t happen overnight but the demographics are trending such that as the baby boomers shuffle off this mortal coil and take their auto-centered lifestyle with them, we Gen Xers, Gen Yers and Millenials will have the opportunity to make something SO MUCH BETTER.

  • September 28, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Couldn’t agree more, DP. It’s like buying bigger pants to combat obesity. I hope this enforcement will eventually lead to a smaller lot, a green space on the corner (and maybe some trees in the rest of the lot?), and a mixed-mode friendly intersection.

  • September 28, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    A big part of the problem is people using the lot as a Park and Ride for the 23. I see plenty of Jersey plates in that lot every day.

    But the number of people who have cars in the neighborhood but rarely use them is pretty astonishing. After snowstorms, you can frequently see that 1 in 3 cars hasn’t been cleared/moved in days.

    ACME is a great last resort for parking though. After I’ve been circling for 20 minutes and haven’t found a spot within 3 blocks of my apartment, it’s my always there backup plan. Hopefully in those cases they aren’t ticketing right at 7, as I’m usually not driving to my job in accursed sprawlburbia until about 8.

  • October 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    There was a design proposal done for the PSCA a few years to improve walk-ability in the neighborhood that had a great solution for this problem. Make it a paid parking lot with parking validation for Acme shoppers. Those who want to park and ride can pay for the privilege.

  • October 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Parking space is less in every city. It is the problem faced by visitors. Due to less space, the space that is available is difficult to manage. Acme’s decision to make it paid is good to manage the space. There is hardly any other way to manage it.

  • November 30, 2012 at 6:21 am

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