Roberts in S. Carolina last month

11/28/2007:

In case you were wondering what conference Mayor Roberts was at last month while the five Latino Cops held their press conference at City Hall…

Mayors’ Institute Holds 40th National Session in Charleston, South Carolina

The Mayors’ Institute on City Design hosted its 40th National Session in Charleston, South Carolina October 24-26. Hosted by Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. and the City of Charleston, the event was attended by Hoboken Mayor David Roberts, Lincoln, Nebraska Mayor Chris Beutler; Port St. Lucie, Florida Mayor Patricia Christensen; Sparks, Nevada Mayor Geno Martini; Jackson, Mississippi Mayor Frank Melton; Lexington, Kentucky Mayor Jim Newberry;; and Tulsa, Oklahoma Mayor Kathryn L. Taylor. Experts in architecture, urban planning, and community development joined the mayors in a discussion, offering advice on how the mayors could approach the challenging redevelopment projects facing their respective cities.

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Mayor Roberts discussed various planning and design issues facing his city and how Hoboken’s main transit terminal may serve as a focal point for which the City could anchor higher-density development. Resource team members supported the mayor’s vision for a high-quality public realm and suggested that by enhancing the City’s urban design standards, higher densities could be achieved without sacrificing the quality of life for city residents.

Joining the mayors at this national session were resource team members: Lee Bey, Executive Director of the Chicago Central Area Committee; Angela Brooks, AIA, LEED AP, Principal at Pugh + Scarpa Architects; Phil Erickson, AIA, President of Community Design + Architecture; Ray S. “Rip” Farris, III, Managing and Founding Member of Tuscan Development; Charnelle Hicks, AICP, PP, Founder and Principal of CHPlanning, Ltd.; Paul Okamoto, Founding Partner of Okamoto Saijo Architecture; Dan Pitera, Executive Director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center; and Laura Solano, Principal at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

The Mayors’ Institute on City Design, a partnership program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Architectural Foundation, and the United States Conference of Mayors, celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2006. To date, the program has assisted 744 mayors in transforming their communities through good urban design.

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beamrider9
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beamrider9
8 years 10 months ago
[quote comment=”55691″]beamrider9 – It is well know that the Hoboken train terminal in its current form will change over the next decade. There are about 50,000 commuters and residents who use the complex daily. If the number of commuters drops signifigantly (do to the bypass created by the new PA tunnels and the NJ transit one seat rides into Midtown) to say 10,000 should we expect the same level of service on the PATH? Can the Ferry survive there? Read this thread from January. Train Terminal Public Hearing(s) When I read this thread here about how Mayor Quimby is out discussing his plans for “Hoboken’s main transit terminal may serve as a focal point for which the City could anchor higher-density development”, I thought to myself, it looks like alot of planning is going on behind closed doors. The developers and Quimby are up to something, perhaps they want to put up Jersey City style high rise condo or apartment buildings on that 65 acre property that would not be subject to the local Hoboken Planning or Zoning.[/quote] I’m familiar with that thread, and nowhere in it did I see anything that could be interpreted as “we should expect 1/5 of the commuter traffic through Hoboken”. Like I said in my post, the “Hoboken bypass” already happened when they opened Secaucus Junction. So unless there’s some leap of logic I’m missing, I don’t get how the new ARC tunnels to midtown are going to result in Hoboken commuter traffic plummeting… Read more »
ericsquare
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8 years 10 months ago

[quote comment=”55675″]Wow – the fear, uncertainty, and doubt in this thread is out of control. Does someone have links to information that could be interpreted as “NJ Transit is planning to abandon Hoboken”? Because I can’t find any.

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I’m just entertaining the quote “Less service or no service at all!”

Hobo91
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8 years 10 months ago

Yip Yap – The tunnel you are referencing appears to go into Midtown. Most of the Hoboken terminal commuters are downtown commuters. Unless this tunnel connets to the new PATH station at WTC, the number of PATH commuters and Ferry commuters should not be affected.

YipYap
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8 years 10 months ago

beamrider9 – It is well know that the Hoboken train terminal in its current form will change over the next decade. There are about 50,000 commuters and residents who use the complex daily. If the number of commuters drops signifigantly (do to the bypass created by the new PA tunnels and the NJ transit one seat rides into Midtown) to say 10,000 should we expect the same level of service on the PATH? Can the Ferry survive there?

Read this thread from January.

When I read this thread here about how Mayor Quimby is out discussing his plans for “Hoboken’s main transit terminal may serve as a focal point for which the City could anchor higher-density development”, I thought to myself, it looks like alot of planning is going on behind closed doors. The developers and Quimby are up to something, perhaps they want to put up Jersey City style high rise condo or apartment buildings on that 65 acre property that would not be subject to the local Hoboken Planning or Zoning.

homeworld
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8 years 10 months ago

NJ Transit isn’t going to “sell the train yard to developers and put up 50 story high rises” considering they just spend something around $200 million restoring the terminal. Sure they probably want to contruct high rises over the rail yard, but the trains are going to keep on rolling.

The PA did give us something, an increased PATH train fair!

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