Blast from the past: Banning Commuters

8/21/2008:

For all the recent residents, I wanted to revive this ridiculous story from over seven years ago, back when Anthony Russo was Mayor.

For those that were here in 2001: Remember that crazy political stunt?

Looking back, if any of the current politicos had any “vision” whatsoever, they’d manage the congestion from within, by preventing all the high-rise towers from being built!

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From the NY Times:

Hoboken’s Plan to Ban Commuters Stalls

“It was a simple idea: there’s too much traffic in Hoboken, N.J., so keep drivers who don’t belong in the city off the streets.

That was the plan as of yesterday, when Mayor Anthony Russo issued a warning about his proposed new rule: no more driving across Hoboken to get to New York City.

But as news of the plan spread yesterday, opposition came from many directions, including neighboring cities. And by the end of the day, the plan was ”temporarily on hold,” a Hoboken official said.

But it might be gone for good.

”It was just an insane, insane plan,” said State Senator Bernard F. Kenny, who represents the area, last night after spending much of his day trying to fight the measure.

Later in the story:

”Commuter traffic has increased significantly in the past few months due to construction in lower Jersey City,” Mr. Russo said in the release. ”To alleviate congestion at the southern end of Hoboken, we plan to restrict vehicular access in Hoboken. The negative effect of commuter traffic has become a burden to Hoboken residents.”

Nevertheless, the “plan” never panned out. You can read the rest of the story here.

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13 Comments on "Blast from the past: Banning Commuters"

bazztrap
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bazztrap

Iran: trying to enrich Uranium, Ha noway we can let those a@#holes have nuclear energy, they have enough Oil anyway to complain about nuclear energy.

India: USA is lobbying to pass a N Deal with India, while India not even part of NSG and claims to have nuclear headed missiles already. Why are other countries are opposed to it, can they not understand this is just another off shoring.

Pakistan: Already has nuclear missiles and got more billions more in funding for weapons from USA to fight for our war against Terrorist. Why will Pakistan turn into another Afghanistan which USA funded to fight against Russians? well maybe because they have stable government

Reformerus_Gianticus
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Reformerus_Gianticus

[quote comment=”100995″]#10: The town officials who do illegal things and take advantage of their positions do not only effect newcomers. I have lived here over 10 years. My rent will probably increase due to our current state of affairs and the taxes on my condo will probably go up. It’s not just the newcomers getting screwed. I always vote for someone who I feel will bring change to our town. I never stick with the status quo.[/quote]
Excellent point dawnrose. And all residents are effected when smash and grabs are allowed to run rampant, potholes are not fixed on our roads, park lighting is not fixed, attitude instead of service is given by some employees and long term debt is increased to pay for operating expenses now. This last issue will bite us in the future and effect all residents.

Renters get pinched too, there is just a lag between the increase in taxes and rent since the landlord is the middleman.

dawnrose
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dawnrose

#10: The town officials who do illegal things and take advantage of their positions do not only effect newcomers. I have lived here over 10 years. My rent will probably increase due to our current state of affairs and the taxes on my condo will probably go up. It’s not just the newcomers getting screwed. I always vote for someone who I feel will bring change to our town. I never stick with the status quo.

bmoc04
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bmoc04

[quote comment=”100680″][quote comment=”100656″]Re:#6 Why do the majority of the users on this site feel it necessary to always lay blame on the people born and raised in this town?[/quote]
This question is too loaded. I don’t think I want to answer, but I’m sure someone else will explain.[/quote]
I don’t think it’s that we blame all of the people born and raised in this town. We only blame the ones that do illegal things and take advantage of their position at the newcomers’ expense.

plaintruthiness
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plaintruthiness

[quote comment=”100656″]Re:#6 Why do the majority of the users on this site feel it necessary to always lay blame on the people born and raised in this town?[/quote]
This question is too loaded. I don’t think I want to answer, but I’m sure someone else will explain.

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