Low hanging branch epidemic in Hoboken
Some low-hanging branches in Hoboken fixed!
Forgot to post this fabulous update a few weeks back – but the folks over at Maxwell Place most certainly took notice of the “branch-edemic” and quickly corrected the problem along Hudson Street.
From this tall guy in Hoboken: “Thank you!”
Class-action lawsuit from tall Hoboken residents possible
Enough is enough.
The city of Hoboken has already exhibited ineptitude with many things over the years, and it’s time to add another one to the list:
Low-hanging branches over pedestrian walkways (that’s sidewalks to the lamen).
What is now a bonafide epidemic in many areas of Hoboken – low hanging branches from trees along streets have become a DAILY HAZARD for any tall person trying to get from point A to point B. It’s dangerous at night (you can damage your eye), frustrating during the day (have to duck countless times), and even WORSE during the rain – when water weighs the branches down AND you have a fuggin umbrella to deal with.
It’s unacceptable, and new CLEAR rules must be put into place by the city – or some serious legal hassles will come their way soon.
Low branches are no joke – it’s a serious problem in Hoboken
For one – on ANY public right of way, not one individual should EVER need to “move out of the way” in any capacity while walking. We live in the city, not the jungle, and just like bridges have minimum height requirements (for trucks, etc.) – sidewalks MUST have the same.
The residential streets are the worst. There has been practically no upkeep to these trees – and over the past couple years (with all the rain & snow) growth has been explosive. The area by Maxwell Place on Hudson St. is only 4′ off the ground in the rain – and pedestrians would have to crawl or walk in the street, which is ludicrous.
Technically – “obstruction and nuisances of ANY KIND” (including tree branches) is a violation of city ordinance 168-9C – and should be reported to the Director of Environmental Services Thomas Atkins. You can call him Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm at (201)420-2049. You can also FAX at (201)222-3830.
The city should be a bit more pro-active, and institute an ordinance that requires that a minimum of 10 feet of sidewalk clearance be maintained at all times (including heavy rain).
I’m surprised no tall person in Hoboken hasn’t gone bonkers over this yet – and invested in a good chain saw to take matters into their own hands…