Friday, October 26, 2007

Hell = Michael's/Old Navy Parking Lot

If you've ever been in that parking lot, there's little left for me to tell you. If you enter it from one of the two left turns coming south on Summer, forget it. Put your patience cap on. Feeling irritable? Don't use the entrance close to Starbucks. All the dumb people are in that little lot, and they're backing out really slowly while traffic backs up behind the car waiting for the spot. Traffic like, 5 or 6 deep, because some people actually believe they can find a spot in that lot. Meanwhile, that line of traffic contains 5-6 people who are getting really pissed off, because they wanted that spot too. Are you people new to Stamford? Go use the lot/garage by Staples, connected to the Stop and Stop lot below.

Whoever decided to put 4 big stores (Michael's, Marshall's, ON and Party City) and 8 small ones in a place with only 150 parking spots was not thinking clearly. Save yourself the trouble and don't enter from Summer. Enter from Bedford going north. Did I say 4 major stores? That's because I didn't count Bed Bath and Beyond and Staples, since they are closer to the bigger lot by the parking garage, which is where you should be parking.

When I went to Party City yesterday, I didn't even bother entering the little lot. I parked on the street. I only go through that lot if I am coming from Bridge Street. Now that I think about it, I should turn right off Bridge, go left after Starbucks, left on Bedford, and just go into the BBB lot from Bedford. It might be 30 seconds longer, but you won't have to wade through cars waiting for spots and blocking intersections. I mean, you'll get some of that near BBB; this is lower Fairfield County, where 60 % of people drive like total a-holes.

Note: You can get a spot at 3pm on a weekday. 9 am on a weekend? Maybe. 9:30? No way in hell.


Anonymous said...

As a native, I've spent almost all of my life in Stamford. Ridgeway Shopping Center, as it is officially called, is and has always been a nightmare for parking. Truly a living hell, as you put it. My fix: start praying a totally irreverent "Hail Mary, full of grace, help me find a parking space" as I pull into the lot.

Jeff Herz - My View of the World said...

I absolutely abhor that parking lot. You have people coming in from all directions. The flows make no sense and often run opposite of expectations. It is amazing that more people and cars not injured in that lot.