While some cities are resisting truck parking areas with the not-in-my-backward mentality, other municipalities have found a solution to keeping commercial vehicles out of their literal backyards: Give them their own lot. The city of Elmira, N.Y., has done just that.
Less than 10 miles north of Pennsylvania on New York State Route 14 lies Elmira, a city of approximately 29,000 people. We first heard about Elmira from Senior Member Terry Button, an owner-operator from Rushville, N.Y. and had to check it out.
At one point, the city had an issue with trucks parking along the streets, according to one city official. Additionally, trucks starting up their engines early in the morning were causing a bit of noise pollution.
Did the city say, “Enough is enough! Not in my back yard!”? You bet, but not in the way you think.