Top 5 rants about Hoboken?
Life would be quite boring if we didn’t have anything to complain about. Luckily for us, we live in a town where there is no shortage of gripes to choose from.
Here’s my list of issues that bother me on a regular basis:
5. Over-populated / Over-developed
Regardless of what some people say, how “back in the day, Hoboken had 70,000 residents,” in today’s modern times, we have way too many people. With all the new and planned development taking place, our city just doesn’t have the infrastructure (read: roads, power, sewage) to support any more growth. The selfish developers and politicians don’t understand what the phrase “future planning” means, and only make decisions that benefit themselves politically or financially.
4. Roads / Parking
Sure, this can be part of #5, but it deserves it’s own mention. Because of both the over-population, and the lack of foresight by local officials, Hoboken is just not a car-friendly city. Even during a summer weekend day, it’s getting difficult to find a reasonable parking space. This, on top of getting your car’s suspension battered by the potholes which eventually turn into deep abysses. Add on the fact that the city hands out temporary parking permits like candy on Halloween, driving in Hoboken is pure torture.
3. Greed / Corruption / Nepotism
I guess my whole list is inter-twined, but the “love of money” gets it’s own listing. Whether it’s a corrupt local official who hands out favors to friends and relatives (while denying honest residents), or a favored local contractor or developer who always seems to “win” bids in our (phony) RFP process, it’s absolutely frustrating to witness on a regular basis.
2. Lack of Courtesy / Self-obsession
Suppose this is because we live in the Northeast, but common courtesy in Hoboken and the general NYC metro area is severely lacking. Whether it’s a simple eye-contact “hello,” holding the door for someone, or sidewalk/driving awareness, I often wonder “what ever happened to MANNERS?” Are most people so busy, overwhelmed, and selfish that they forgot what it means to live in a community? From hurried commuters bum-rushing the car at the PATH, to oblivious pedestrians who push and shove while absorbed in their iPod or cell phone, I’m finding that rude and inconsiderate people now outnumber those who aren’t. Why don’t we all make a vow to perform 5 “random acts of kindness” today? You’ll find that the good karma pays itself forward. You can thank me later.
My number one complaint has much to do with the rest of the list:
1. City Government
By no means is every city employee bad. In fact, there are plenty of honest and capable folks working for the city of Hoboken. However, take a look at the “State of the City” and you’ll find: Horrific budget debacles, over-paid officials with cushy jobs, over-development, complete and total mis-management of YOUR tax dollars, entire families getting jobs they aren’t qualified for and more. The days of Hoboken being a fraternity for the chosen few has to come to an end. It won’t happen overnight, but it has to start somewhere. Which is why it’s very important to encourage everyone you know to become more active in city politics, and vote during every election, regardless of how “unimportant” you may think it is.
What are your top 5?