Dumpy areas upgraded in Hoboken
14th Street Retail – visual improvements
Back in 2008 – I posted a story about “Dumpy areas in Hoboken,” which spoke about 14th St. & Bloomfield – and how it looked somewhat “ghetto-like.” That’s still somewhat cruddy (although Puerto Spain touched up their exterior a bit.)
But right across the street wasn’t much better. However, since the fire at Nick’s Candy Shop a year ago – they’ve pulled together and spruced up a whole row of stores – including the new Hoboken Hair salon (and the for rent space in the middle).
Gotta say, starting to look much, much better!
Urban Revitalization Needed!
Have you noticed that certain spots in Hoboken just look downright awful and out of place? Almost dumpy and “ghetto-like?” Sore thumbs in the middle of million-dollar condos?
One such area that stood out for me last week was this spot on 14th and Bloomfield. We have Puerto Spain – missing a sign, the bagel shop, which seems closed most of the time with that ugly metal shutter, and the liquor store, which also has a deteriorating sign and outdated store-front.
This, and several other areas in Hoboken are in need of “urban renewal” or something along those lines. While we have a Historic Preservation Committee, I believe we also need a “Minimum Exterior Aesthetics Committee” as well. Heck, I’ll even volunteer to be the “$1 per year advisor.” We can negotiate volume contracts with a sign & awning company, a building contractor, etc. and help provide affordable options for local businesses to spruce things up.
Don’t other cities have some kind of “Urban Re-vitalization” department, or something similar?