Erect giant billboards instead of firing cops!
A better way to help taxpayers: bring more money in!
Hoboken is considered one of the largest transportation hubs in the State of New Jersey.
Millions of commuters pass through the mile square city each year. And despite the flailing economy, Hoboken is still a viable destination for many NYC tri-state area residents and visitors – patronizing our bars, restaurants, the Cake Boss and the Waterfront.
Because residents were “up in arms” over the relatively recent increase in tax rates that were kept artificially low for years – the city is desperately scrambling to appease them. And one such way was to layoff many police officers and city workers (to save a few hundred bucks a year for each taxpayer).
However, instead of depleting the most important city service (HPD), perhaps Hoboken should take a cue from Miami, Florida: Install giant billboards!
Some cities think outside the box…
The Miami City Commissioners recently approved a zoning ordinance that would allow two 500-foot tall advertising billboards to be installed downtown – despite strong opposition from residents. Even better – these billboards also come with massive parking garages! (hello? win-win situation?)
It’s reported that the billboards would net the City of Miami some $2 Million dollars or more in annual revenue. Very much in line with what Hoboken expects (or hopes) to save by reducing the number of cops.
We could install one by Lackawanna Plaza, and the other uptown near the two overpasses bordering Weehawken (that Lincoln Tunnel Viaduct is PACKED!) I’m sure with the population density of Hoboken and NYC – we could command a much higher rate – perhaps even double.
If this was ever brought forward, the “Quality of Life” advocates would be out en masse – claiming it “clutters the view” or “cheapens the city.”
But the question is – what would you rather have:
A few billboards and more cops? Or less police protection and your precious view?