Hodge Avenue Ansonia, CT
I have only lived in Ansonia for about a year, but last winter I was stunned at the number of cars left parked on the sides of city streets during snowstorms when Ansonia CLAIMED to have a parking ban so it could clear the roads properly.
No snow plow can clear a road when one side (or both) has cars parked one after the other. It's even more frustrating when you look and see many of these homes have empty unused driveways while residents park on the street. (Why someone would park on a street when their residence has a driveway escapes logic, but...)
What can be done this winter, such as today, to insure residents MOVE THEIR CARS OFF THE ROAD so the city can do it's job? I am sure ONE storm where the city towed away illegally parked cars would be enough to teach a valuable lesson.
In fact, if Ansonia got a cut of the towing fees from just one storm it probably could fund a big chunk of the snow removal costs.. THAT is how many cars are left on road during these so called "bans".
85 Vine Street Ansonia, CT
I have seen this discussed here many times and decided to join the conversation. Sure enough, more snow storms have passed, the city has ignored it's own street parking ban during a storm and now streets are unsafe to pass down. I specifically love where this photo was taken. Have more than one, but it will only allow me to post one.
This tight narrow corner from Vine to Platt Street's is already dangerous and should have "NO PARKING" signs on the right side all year round as cars on the side are hard enough to navigate around without snow, try when they are now surrounded by snow after a storm because they did not move to a driveway or parking lot so the town crew could do their job.
I have not seen ONE thing improve about this all winter long. How about enforcing the ban and while we're at it looking at this dangerous corner and installing some year round no parking signs? Ansonia's streets are NOT parking lots.
36 Platt Street Ansonia, Connecticut
I have seen the flood of complaints here and elsewhere about the growing number of what WERE single family homes (or even two family) being bought by out of area "investors" and then turned into as many rental units as possible... often without permits.
The idea is to take a home designed for one family, buy it on the cheap and slice it into as many apartments as possible. Not only was the house not designed for this use, the driveway can't hold the cars of multiple residents so vehicles of renters spills onto the streets making it impossible to plow, more and more children from these apartments that used to contain one family flood into the schools, etc.
The owners? They often don't live in Ansonia or near the properties. They just cash the rent checks. Who cares what they did to the neighborhood.
While I can not confirm that permits were not pulled, HERE is a recent example. This is an older photo from Google but since it was taken the front of the house has been "modified".
NOW, there is a metal spiral staircase on the right side of the front porch that brings you to a new entrance on the third floor where the attic window was. Sure enough, the owner found a way to rent out the attic as yet another unit... and modified the front of the house however possible to create an entryway to this space.
EXACTLY what Ansonia doesn't need!
Feel free to tell me permits were pulled, there is nothing wrong with this, etc. but when you see a metal spiral staircase and doorway on a third floor slapped onto a house... you begin to see why Ansonia has become too densely populated.
If the owner followed the rules, I applaud them... but the City should have NEVER allowed this. It's the root of our problems!
Brookside Ave-North Main And Cross Streets Ansonia, CTGoing back home north bound to Seymour (Highway Rt 115 North) or North Main Street in Ansonia an accident had just occurred. I had to Google this location. A unsuspected delivery driver was pulling out Brookside Ave, Ansonia and could not see me because of the extremely high “snow mountain” sitting at the North-Bound corner of Brookside Ave. His instinct to inch out slowly caused me to have a head on collision with the vehicle in the south bound North Main Street lane of the Brookside Ave location. We both had minor damages because of our low speed narrow access and decided to exchange insurance information. We will most likely self-settle due to elevating premium claim increases Insurance companies will feed off of. A small child was playing near the mounds just feet away at the Brookside Ave, ANSONIA corner as this could have been much worse. People passing buy mentioned a yellow front-loader with an Ansonia public works employee or contractor created this snow blocking visual OBSTRUCTION sometime Sunday evening. I have not yet considered a POTENTIAL ACTION OF LIABILITY VIA THE CITY’S CONSTRUCTED BLIND SPOT. I will monitor my vehicle and well being moving forward if this starts to place personal expense on me knowing a legal basis is the strong point towards the CITY OF ANSONIA.
Division Street Derby, ConnecticutThe new road that was just completed on Division Street, past the Griffin Hospital, has not been finished properly. The street is lower than the man-hole covers, and it is now an obstacle course to drive down Division Street without damaging your car! This will be a huge problem for the Snow Shovels come winter time. The Man-hole covers are approximately 3 inches above the level of the street, causing huge problems for cars to drive down the road. This was brand-new construction that was completed recently, and it was done with the lowest level of quality assurance. I view this terrible job as a road hazard for the people of the area.
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3 VotesFix it! Voted!10 Ridge Road Ansonia, ConnecticutThe curb in front of my home has been repeatly damaged by snowplow. At this time part of the curb is lying in the street. This needs to be repaired as soon as possible. Thank you.
Downtown Ansonia, CTWhy are they allowed to throw their snow to the middle of the street with cars going by. Is it not against the law to throw snow back into the road after plowed? Whoever cleans up their sidewalks throws sand, dirt and snow in the middle of the road for the city to clean up.
Beaver Street And Pyramid Street Ansonia, ConnecticutThere is a street sign that has been laying on the ground ever since winter ended, and it hasn't been put back up. I suppose it may have fell when the plows were cleaning the streets from snow. A large amount of snow or the truck may have hit the sign and it caused it to fall.