Hoboken Charm

Snowy Hoboken Charm signs on 100 degree days

Normally, a sensible marketing plan incorporates “thinking ahead.” And when it comes to public signage, you either make “all purpose” visuals that can be used all year, or you have “seasonal” signs which are changed based on the corresponding time of year.

You know those “Let’s Keep The Hoboken Charm” signs? Those are obviously “seasonal” signs – and it proves the city didn’t plan ahead (they’re not good at it). These “snowy” winter holiday signs are still up – even on 100 degree days like the typical annual heat wave we had last month. In the middle of the summer.

It’s quite possible this whole “marketing” effort got botched because the people that were originally commissioned to create the “public image,” got kicked to the curb when the Mayor learned that they had political aspirations of their own in Hoboken this coming November. Another blatant example of the short-sighted (and spiteful) buffoons currently running in circles at city hall.

If you can’t nail this no-brainer project with dignity and professionalism, how can you be trusted for more important things?

Hoboken Charm snow sign on 100 degree heat wave brilliant

Inconsiderate stroller-pushers in Hoboken?

1/18/2013 Update:

One Hoboken411 reader sent in a photo response to this post – specifically citing the stroller armies that exist in Hoboken.

She said: “I understand that baby strollers are a necessary part in raising and transporting your child around Hoboken. But that does not mean there is no room for common sense in the equation. Why anyone (stroller moms, nannies) feel the need to walk SIDE BY SIDE at all times is incomprehensible! Do these ladies think that they will die because one person is ahead or behind another? Common courtesy would suggest that in order to share the sidewalk and allow traffic to flow without adjustment in both directions, that they think ahead. Every day I see stuffy people who only think about themselves.”

Do you ever almost get steam-rolled by strollers?

Letter: What Hoboken “Charm?”

1/4/2013:

One Hoboken411 resident was a bit miffed at these new “signs” peppered around town, which the city paid like $30k for – which read: “Hoboken? Let’s Keep The Charm!”

They said – “What the heck is that supposed to mean? Is it an “order” from the city? And exactly what charm? More drunks, double-wide strollers and extra-inept government?”

Not to mention the city cannot even MAINTAIN these signs – like this one picture below – which was probably made in China, and flopped to the ground weeks ago. It’s been peed on so many times by dogs (and probably drunks like this one) that it’s now considered a regular “spot” for many local pooches (including 411 Mascot Oscar).

Your property tax bucks at work again… charming.

7 Responses

  1. DarrylJ says:

    What’s charming is that the street lamp is on during the day. I see this all over Hoboken. If that’s not blatantly wasting money, I don’t know what is. Can it be that difficult to fix?

  2. CumpyCP says:

    It’s a simple idea:

    Constant and never-ending complaining about Hoboken is not charming.
    Is there some perfect Utopian city of which I’m not aware?

    Dogs, double-wides, checked-out & entitled pedestrians, bike lanes, taxes, parking, drunks, etc.

    I was recently looking at clippings from 1960s Hoboken mayoral campaigns, specifically the top 12 ‘issues of the day’. Perhaps 8-10 items on that list can still be listed as issues this very day.

    Some problems simply don’t get fixed. Why?
    Because they are not problems, rather they are perceived as problems by people who talk, but don’t walk the walk.

    Example: Why didn’t the person who took the picture of the fallen sign either throw it out, or return it to the city to be re-hung? Perhaps because they preferred to use it as evidence in yet another complaint.

    We are all in this together, do your part.
    Don’t just point it out, fix it.

    • animal_lover says:

      Most important- Vote. Try to get a “charm” crazed governor to understand health and safety as well as to provide service the community at large is darn near impossible. Best bet is to approach the problems ata legislative or judicial level. [quote comment=”218995″]It’s a simple idea:Constant and never-ending complaining about Hoboken is not charming. Is there some perfect Utopian city of which I’m not aware?Dogs, double-wides, checked-out & entitled pedestrians, bike lanes, taxes, parking, drunks, etc.I was recently looking at clippings from 1960s Hoboken mayoral campaigns, specifically the top 12 ‘issues of the day’. Perhaps 8-10 items on that list can still be listed as issues this very day.Some problems simply don’t get fixed. Why? Because they are not problems, rather they are perceived as problems by people who talk, but don’t walk the walk.Example: Why didn’t the person who took the picture of the fallen sign either throw it out, or return it to the city to be re-hung? Perhaps because they preferred to use it as evidence in yet another complaint.We are all in this together, do your part. Don’t just point it out, fix it.[/quote]

      • CumpyCP says:

        I don’t see how a Governor is related to this story at all.
        Can you kindly expand on the train of thought? Thanks.[quote comment=”219006″]Most important- Vote. Try to get a “charm” crazed governor to understand health and safety as well as to provide service the community at large is darn near impossible. Best bet is to approach the problems ata legislative or judicial level.[/quote]

    • animal_lover says:

      CumpyCP – I respectfully ask that you pick up the mounds of imbedded garbage and litter on the streets and sidewalks. If you could get a crew that thinks like you, that would be even better. It would need to be a large one to remove the filth, 😯 and still we likely need some additional sanitation measures for the critters that have made Hoboken home due to the ready availability of garbage containing kitchen tidbits.[quote comment=”218995″]It’s a simple idea:Constant and never-ending complaining about Hoboken is not charming. Is there some perfect Utopian city of which I’m not aware?Dogs, double-wides, checked-out & entitled pedestrians, bike lanes, taxes, parking, drunks, etc.I was recently looking at clippings from 1960s Hoboken mayoral campaigns, specifically the top 12 ‘issues of the day’. Perhaps 8-10 items on that list can still be listed as issues this very day.Some problems simply don’t get fixed. Why? Because they are not problems, rather they are perceived as problems by people who talk, but don’t walk the walk.Example: Why didn’t the person who took the picture of the fallen sign either throw it out, or return it to the city to be re-hung? Perhaps because they preferred to use it as evidence in yet another complaint.We are all in this together, do your part. Don’t just point it out, fix it.[/quote]

  3. Snip119 says:

    There is an issue of moms with these huge strollers walking 3 and 4 abreast and hogging the sidewalk. Numerous times when walking with my elderly mother who’s on a cane, these people expect her to step off the curb into the gutter to get past them, instead of one of them hanging back. They’re totally rude – even when I say excuse me, they just ignore me. One time I was so annoyed I pushed one of them aside to let my mother get past. When the idiot finally actually looked at my mother then she tried to apologize and get out of the way. The other issue, and while it is mostly stroller hogs, it is other people as well – why do people have to stand on the corner to talk, not only taking up the space but blocking the cut-out ramp? My mother can’t step up and down off curbs easily, and needs to use the ramp. Pull in a bit so you don’t block the ramp – or if you see a person on a cane coming, step aside so they can easily use the ramp. It amazes me how many people see my mother coming and don’t move until I say something. Please don’t block the ramps at the corners!

  4. HansBrix says:

    Once females of any species have their own hatchlings to consider they can become viciously selfish.

    The explanation probably lies somewhere in evolutionary psychology.

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