Yesterday on Park Ave. I nearly tripped and broke my mouth on a sidewalk with the roots of a tree pushing one of the slabs upward. I hadn’t even had a drink yet!
What a coincidence it was that a Hoboken411 reader sent this observation in about a story she saw regarding rubber sidewalks. Environmentally friendly, and apparently easier to manage.
Will Hoboken ever do anything about it? I mean we’re already “Tree City USA”, they might as well give it a shot.
Just saw this piece on the evening news about a woman in Sacramento who started a company called Rubbersidewalks.com – it’s an alternative to traditional concrete sidewalks made out of recycled tires. The purpose is not only a green option but because of the recycling, but the purpose is for urban sidewalks where there are trees. So when tree roots need more room – instead of cracking the sidewalks, the rubber side walks can be uplifted easily for maintenance of the roots, and so the sidewalks move for the tree…instead of cutting the trees down so cities don’t have to keep spending money on replacing sidewalks. it’s a more expensive option up front (about $4 more per square foot) but in the long term maintenance it’s a total money saver.
For those city council members who read 411, this is good for them to see, and us to advocate.