The system is broken - and we can fix it...

The city of Wilmington is in the process of becoming a truly awesome city - a place where entrepreneurs, artists, educators, and businesses create incredible things.

Since October of 2011, the citizens, business community, arts community, Wilmington City Officials, and others have been engaged in improving the parking and parking enforcement issues in the city of Wilmington.

Huge progress has been made and the direction we are going as a community is extremely positive!

This blog chronicles the efforts of all who helped make this happen...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Another resident who may move because of illegitimate parking tickets

The latest e-mail from a frustrated Wilmingtonian:

I don't even know where to begin my nightmare tale......I'm still traumatized by the wrath of the city of wilmington, delaware.

The nightmare began when I first moved into the city beginning of October 2011.

For starters I have gotten 2 tickets right out front of my house for an 'over 2 hour parking limit' ticket. I had resident stickers both times on my car when they ticketed me. Trying to deal with the ingrates at the city building was a nightmareto say the least.

I have a ticket I am trying to fight where you can clearly see in the picture that I was going through a "yellow" not a red light. Still haven't heard anything back from the appeal letter I wrote.

They are such crooked-crooks. I've noticed that the lights go from green to yellow for less than a second and then immediately to red. This is a set up to glean more money from good citizens. No one has a chance with these lights. You're better off financially to stop at all green lights. Now how crazy is that?

I have had to pay so many bogus fines since Oct that I had to go without paying utility bills and other needed essentials basic to survival. The city has wrung me dry financially and drained me emotionally and psychologically.

For this reason, I am seriously considering moving out of the city even though I really like my place.


  1. I was thinking of buying a house here in the city so I could walk to work instead of driving on I-95 every day, but this situation is seriously making me reconsider. Think I'll hold off until this parking issue improves.

  2. I had bought a new car on saturday and switched my parking sticker from my previous car to my new car. Since the parking office is not open until 9:30 on monday, I could not renew my ticket. I called in to report my car, license, vin and location to the so-called "do-not-ticket" line. I then woke up at 9am Monday morning to renew my sticker and found a ticket on my windshield. I called in and they said they ticketed me because I did not name the correct intersection where my car was parked. I was one street over, still in the boundry of my residential zone. I have now moved to Drexel Hill, PA because $260 in parking tickets in 4 months is too much to handle.

  3. I've lived in Little Italy for 18 years, and since my home is on a corner, I must park fairly close to the intersection without impeding traffic flow. A couple years ago, they painted the striped crosswalks, and last year, while parked in front of my own home, I received a $40 ticket for "parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk". There is ample space for the 6 homes to have one car each parked in front, but with this new law, they've changed it to only 5 spaces. So now, being a hear patient, I have to park somewhere else and walk with my groceries? I don't think so. They need to fix this $40 nightmare for elderly homeowners! What an embarrassment to the greedy City of Wilmington!