Parks: Why does it have to take so long?

Do any of you care about the state of the parks in Hoboken?

I’m sure some people may be indifferent, but many of us feel otherwise. We all know Hoboken is cramped as we watch many new (and sometimes beautiful) real estate developments get built very often and very quickly with often little resistance.

Why can’t the same be true for the parks?

Getting them built, zoned, or approved seems to be more like pulling teeth. Even with “Open Space Intitiatives” promised by our city years ago, we still have nothing much to show for it except old brochures and continual chatter.

openspacemap1sm.jpgThe big and exciting “Open Space Initiatives” poster that was originally put up on the Hoboken City website almost two years ago had been shrunken down to a thumbnail, and you cannot seem to directly download the .PDF file anymore. However, thanks to the Internet Archive, we can see what Hoboken promised long ago, and even discover where to download larger versions. Can you read that? –>

Below is the how the original image used to look back in January of 2005 and a link to the PDF in case you’re interested in seeing it. Why doesn’t the city have a section on their website that allows the users to “browse all PDF files”? This was buried deep inside with no direct link available.

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newc1.jpgRemember the “Pier C” promise? “Construction to start Spring 2005″, then “2006”, then… nothing. While the concept was a bit unrealistic (to put tennis courts or beach volley ball or whatever that round concoction is), it was still open space. Can someone re-confirm that this is never happening? If so, why does the city even still have it on the website?

But hey, we still ought to be thankful.

We still have “My Park” on Observer and Jackson Streets. “Grab the kids and the picnic basket, Honey! We’re headed over to the park!”
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29 Responses

  1. elvisroberts says:

    exactly ajm – and what do you think is that little red brick bldg for on the edge of the park? A guard booth for a private residential enclave at the waterfront? and that dungeon is just more space for more cars – just what Hoboken doesnt need!

  2. westy says:

    The second of Mayor Roberts SW redevelopment meeting Thursday, November 2nd at the Conners School.

    The Mayor Roberts has dispached his hand picked planners and Fred Bado,for a second input meeting on the Southwest “IT” Redevelopment Area.

    Again really short notice, no agenda released, bla, bla bla….

    This public relations show is little more than political cover for when the devlopers tell us what they have planned with the Mayor behind closed doors.

    Expect the same kind of deceptive plans as we have seen before when they Maxwell and the condo towers next to ShopRite.

    Please try to attend. You can be sure the people in City Hall who own property in the redevlopement Area will be there to push for their big pay day with their “friends” the Mayor has placed in charge.

    The more people who attend the harder it will be to ignore the need for open space. Remember that open space and parks in the Southwest will has a positive effect on all of Hoboken.

    Attend the meeting and the Southwest Parks Coalition fund raiser on Nov. 9th.

  3. rapperd says:

    Hey, where is the connors school, and what time is this meeting at? I’d like to stop by… If nothing else, these meetings are usually ‘entertaining’ to watch the people the mayor hired dance like a monkey and try to convince people into going along with their ideas through bullying.. It would be nice to get a huge crowd there to show them that the ‘people’ that the mayor is supposed to be serving are not in favor of his plans.

  4. westy says:

    Connors School is Second and Monroe, at 7 pm.

  5. thebinatwork says:

    I don’t know where else to complain about this, but WHY are there no stop signs on the two north south streets adjacent to the the 9th st Light Rail? Those assholes get up as fast as they can to prove that they are not stopping, even though they have to then slow down for all the bumps in the road. There are stop signs on EVERY block in this town, but not a couple on the blocks where all the light rail traffic disperses? Who’s the friggen genius urban planner that doesn’t know that when you add a train station, you might have to throw up some new traffic signs to protect the people presumably walking to and from that station that was so badly needed? Has anyone noticed the electric signs on 9th st station (indicating when the next train comes) only work on one platform, the platform that nobody uses by the way? And all 4 point to 8th st side. Why? Is it not the 9th st station? No its really not, because the massive wheelchair/baby ramp and tiny normal person stairs on the 9th st side IS NEVER OPEN. It was closed for a long time when the station went up, and its now closed again so they can throw some more condos up over there.

  6. westy says:

    Actually… Mayor Roberts is working on the signs.
    He will have URSLA/Tarpgone put them up in return for an extra 100 condo units in density in the NW Redevelopment Zone.

    However, they will not be inplace until the units are actually built.

    LOL

    Seriously, as far as the street signs you should call Joseph Puluso at Hoboken City Hall.

    As far as the Light Rail is concerned the station was designed to have open space around it per the Hoboken Master Plan and when the the city gave the developers the green light to build a block long condo tower on 800 Jackson Street it messed everything up.

  7. thebinatwork says:

    who on earth is going to buy on top of the light rail statio when the whole area around it is desolate? That Field’s Crossing building is about 80% empty a year after completion. They have stopped constriction on the lot between Fields Crossing and Prospect Hill, nothing has happened there for months. Anyone know what that was going to be? They also stopped doing anything on the lot that is shared by Field’s Crossing. It seems very strange in light of this that they are going full speed ahead on the worst lot there, the one literally on the light rail station. Who will buy those units?

  8. thebinatwork says:

    Who is Joe Puluso? Seriously, should I call him?

  9. rapperd says:

    I guess the same people who are going to buy at that building that is going up on Paterson Plank road, right behind sky club…
    You want to talk about a bad location?? Who the hell wants to live right on a busy road, on top of the light rail tracks (and have to listen to the ‘ding ding ding’ every time a train goes by) AND have the stinky recycling center immediately adjacent to you so every time the wind blows, your apartment stinks like garbage??? Crazy…

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