Capron St. is a very small slice of New York City in Rochester. There’s now an upscale restaurant, neighborhood bar, loft building…and parking crunch.
To accommodate development, the city rebuilt Capron St. and included parking bays. At first glance, they look like any spaces, until you try to park.
The street is one way and the bays are angled the “wrong way” to pull in forward. You have to back in. Loft developer Patrick Dutton thinks this is the first “reverse parking lot” in the city. With reverse bays, drivers don’t have to back out into traffic “blind.”
The Capron parking spots have created a lot of confusion – and bad parking jobs. Some people end up going the wrong way down the one way, tricked by the angled spots.
Reverse parking lots have created controversy elsewhere in the world. Residents of a town in the UK started a petition against reverse bays.
We probably won’t see a revolt against reverse bays on tiny Capron St. But I hope this doesn’t become a trend. I’ve mastered parallel parking, but this is asking too much!
We’ll be hearing more in the coming weeks about Capron St. and the surrounding neighborhood, which formed an association under the name Washington Square. I’m looking forward to hearing more about what is planned.