Top 5 rants about Hoboken?


Life would be quite boring if we didn’t have anything to complain about. Luckily for us, we live in a town where there is no shortage of gripes to choose from.

Here’s my list of issues that bother me on a regular basis:

5. Over-populated / Over-developed
Regardless of what some people say, how “back in the day, Hoboken had 70,000 residents,” in today’s modern times, we have way too many people. With all the new and planned development taking place, our city just doesn’t have the infrastructure (read: roads, power, sewage) to support any more growth. The selfish developers and politicians don’t understand what the phrase “future planning” means, and only make decisions that benefit themselves politically or financially.

4. Roads / Parking
Sure, this can be part of #5, but it deserves it’s own mention. Because of both the over-population, and the lack of foresight by local officials, Hoboken is just not a car-friendly city. Even during a summer weekend day, it’s getting difficult to find a reasonable parking space. This, on top of getting your car’s suspension battered by the potholes which eventually turn into deep abysses. Add on the fact that the city hands out temporary parking permits like candy on Halloween, driving in Hoboken is pure torture.

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3. Greed / Corruption / Nepotism
I guess my whole list is inter-twined, but the “love of money” gets it’s own listing. Whether it’s a corrupt local official who hands out favors to friends and relatives (while denying honest residents), or a favored local contractor or developer who always seems to “win” bids in our (phony) RFP process, it’s absolutely frustrating to witness on a regular basis.

2. Lack of Courtesy / Self-obsession
Suppose this is because we live in the Northeast, but common courtesy in Hoboken and the general NYC metro area is severely lacking. Whether it’s a simple eye-contact “hello,” holding the door for someone, or sidewalk/driving awareness, I often wonder “what ever happened to MANNERS?” Are most people so busy, overwhelmed, and selfish that they forgot what it means to live in a community? From hurried commuters bum-rushing the car at the PATH, to oblivious pedestrians who push and shove while absorbed in their iPod or cell phone, I’m finding that rude and inconsiderate people now outnumber those who aren’t. Why don’t we all make a vow to perform 5 “random acts of kindness” today? You’ll find that the good karma pays itself forward. You can thank me later.

My number one complaint has much to do with the rest of the list:

1. City Government
By no means is every city employee bad. In fact, there are plenty of honest and capable folks working for the city of Hoboken. However, take a look at the “State of the City” and you’ll find: Horrific budget debacles, over-paid officials with cushy jobs, over-development, complete and total mis-management of YOUR tax dollars, entire families getting jobs they aren’t qualified for and more. The days of Hoboken being a fraternity for the chosen few has to come to an end. It won’t happen overnight, but it has to start somewhere. Which is why it’s very important to encourage everyone you know to become more active in city politics, and vote during every election, regardless of how “unimportant” you may think it is.

What are your top 5?

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Friday, June 6, 2008 10:56 am

I like H411’s list the best so far but I’m not sure which category we put lazy City Council people who would rather go crying to mommy and daddy at the State than fulfill all their obligations to the tax payers first (I.e. Collecting all the money the Mo D and Richie T found that is owed the City BEFORE hicking my property taxes). I know at least three are running for Mayor but do they have to throw us under the bus along with Roberts?

Friday, June 6, 2008 9:48 am

Hyperbole is a jet airplane buzzing overhead at an altitude of 5’8″

It’s a long running joke – like “If you don’t like dog poop in Hoboken, then leave”. Anyone know who started the whole phrase? Was it nihil, or someone else?

Friday, June 6, 2008 9:02 am

[quote comment=”86363″]Last time I checked, we still lived in the United States of America, where one has the freedom of choice. So to all those who enjoy the bitching and kvetching, you have the choice to leave this City which you have problems with. Travel the globe until you find your elysian field (aka- utopia).
I for one enjoy living in this City. I was not born here, but I have lived here for a long time, so I have seen this place change. I would take this City now over the way it was 20 years ago when I moved here.
In other words, if you dislike this City that much, get the hell out. Maybe that will address one of your issues (over population). You can do your part and just leave.[/quote]

Last time I checked, we still lived in the United States of America, where one has the freedom of expressing their discontent. While I definitely don’t encourage endless and pointless bitching, I also think that the attitude of “If you don’t like it, then leave” is incredibly small-minded. So if I live somewhere that’s pretty nice overall, and I want to complain about and/or do something about the parts I don’t like, I should just give up and leave? That’s ridiculous.

Whining is one thing. Being discontent about the state of affairs in my town and wanting something to be done about it is another.

Friday, June 6, 2008 8:50 am

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2. People who have a driveway, and don’t park in it.[/quote]

6. People who park in front of your driveway, preventing you from parking in it.

Thursday, June 5, 2008 9:44 am

5) No funding to replace the remaining grass with Fieldturf in the parks.
4) The police tape around the gazebo on the water. How are morons and drunks supposed to fall in the river?
3) No Hooters. Look how far the police need to travel to find a decent one.
2) The lack of flooding in 2008. No pictures no stories…Very sad.
1) People who complain about the drunks in Hoboken. Did your realtor ever describe it as a nice place to raise a family? Or were you in seminary when your friends spent their late teens and 20’s getting wasted in Hoboken?

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