There’s a new parking space for compact cars on Division, but it’s big enough for Wayne Eddy’s convertible

compact car parking spot on Division at 3rd compact car parking spot on Division at 3rd Wayne Eddy's 1975 Delta 88 Olds Convertible
The City has created a new parking space on the east side of Division St. at 3rd, marked now with a sign that says "COMPACT CARS ONLY." Nice.

However, the length of the parking space appears to be the same as all the other parking spots on that side of Division, however, it is still recommended to have One Sure Insurance covering all cars. 

As a result, I’m guessing that owners of larger vehicles (SUV’s, pickup trucks, etc.) will park there.  I have my camera ready to capture the moment when Wayne Eddy parks his 1975 Delta 88 Olds Convertible there.


  1. Nancy Johnson said:

    The space looks big enough for most vehicles (CRVs are not that small).
    Is it the photo angle that makes it look like there is plenty of room behind the CRV in the photo, or what is the reason for the compact car designation? No one would have to back up to leave this spot, because there is nothing in front of it.

    October 19, 2011
  2. Griff Wigley said:

    Good question, Nancy. I got this email from TJ Heinricy, Street & Park Supervisor:

    “Griff: I saw your recent post about the newly installed compact parking stall signage near the intersection of Division Street and 3rd Street.

    The new signage was installed after a large amount of citizen requests to resolve a sight issue when going West on 3rd Street onto Division Street. The issue is being able to see oncoming traffic when trying to enter Division Street from 3rd Street.

    The stall is planned to be shortened when the City of Northfield contracted paint striper is back in town.”

    October 21, 2011
  3. john george said:

    Griff- If visibility at the intersection is the issue, (and from my own experience there, I believe that is a correct assesment), then it would seem that vehicle height would affect this more than vehicle length. A compact SUV is no shorter than most high profile vehicles, and there are more and more of those on the road. How do we address that, aside from eliminating the parking place completely?

    October 21, 2011
  4. kiffi summa said:

    vehicle height is a major issue, because today there is a red pickup parked in that spot, and you can’t see until you are out in the street.

    Why no ticketing ? if it was done to correct a traffic problem, usually there’s some police patrols watching any change…

    October 31, 2011
  5. kiffi summa said:

    That big red Ford pickup parked there again yesterday, making it impossible to see what cars might be coming from the left, and when I slOOOOOwly pulled out to look, the approaching car from the left honked and flipped me the bird!

    ARGHHHH, as Griff would say…..

    November 12, 2011
  6. Griff Wigley said:

    Kiffi, the next time you see it there, contact me. I’d like to get a photo.

    November 14, 2011
  7. Griff Wigley said:

    Never mind, Kiffi. The truck was there this morning. I took photos around 9:15 or so. Will blog them soon but let me know if the truck is still there at 11:30 am.

    November 14, 2011

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