Same ‘ole Hoboken song and dance
Most of you probably have heard of the Internet Archive WayBack Machine. But if you haven’t, it’s a site that was started about 10 years ago to archive most websites in existence. Like a time machine, you can go back and see how life (both online and off) was at a previous point. Over 55 billion webpages to browse through. Pretty cool.
For instance, Hobokeni, Hoboken’s first website was started back in 1996. See how this site (and others) have evolved with the technology and times. Gone are the buzzwords like “cyber” and “Netscape”, along with the cruddy design.
But most interestingly, there are remnants of the old “Community Bulletin Boards” still left behind. It was an old-school threaded style chat forum and it seems like even 10 or so years ago, many of the same topics still come up! You can’t read the posts, but you can get the jist of them from the subjects.
Be careful clicking some of the oldest archives however, they have bad Java code that will freeze your browser! I suffered so you don’t have to.
Such as in this link from 1996 & 1997 phrases like:
– “Yuppie Apathy”
– “Lower Taxes”
– “We need a noise ordinance”
– “Russo’s wife stealing MLS from Hoboken Realtors”
– “City Hall Truth vs. City Hall Fiction”
– “Bad roads need fixing first!”
– “More Municipal Issues!”
– “Double Parking, what’s the deal?” followed by “Hoboken ‘in’ crowd does what they like”
– “Stop the fleecing of Hoboken”
And this link from 1998:
– “Russo postings removed: Censorship”
– “Why isn’t the Enviromental Committee concerned about the Parking Garage at 916 Garden?”
– “Every weekend looks like St. Patricks Day in this town”
– “City Employees still living with Mommy (in subsidized housing)”
– “Subsidized housing & corruption” and “Payoff Towers”
– Plus talk of a Baseball Museum that never happened.
Amazing how the tone is eerily similar to what we’re hearing around town these days.
Is the town that transient that these items get forgotten so easily? No one votes?
What about the people that have lived here since then and beyond? Do they get sick of the same rhetoric?
Does it boil down to lack of good candidates? Information? What?
Now that the internet is 1000+ times more powerful and influencial, hopefully gone are the days of just a FEW people griping about their lack of satisfaction in Hoboken without results. I feel change coming, and possibly may even be a part of it.
I can’t wait till election time.