Is pedestrian traffic cop necessary in Hoboken?
A lot of folks in Hoboken have been bitching lately about the pedestrian traffic change down near Hudson Place. Many people are upset about the fact that they cannot cross Hudson Place at Hudson Street, but have to cross at River Street instead (during rush hours only).
Hoboken Police said this was necessary for the proper flow of vehicles to make the turn onto Hudson Place. Because otherwise heads-down, cellphone-obsessed pedestrians just get in the way, and cause a traffic backlog onto Observer Highway, as well as up Hudson Street and even onto Newark Street.
I personally think this is a logical strategic maneuver to keep things flowing better.
However, do you think that rather than having to pay for an extra person on the job, they should just construct permanent barriers to prevent access altogether?