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I have some pity for The Record, believe it or not. In order to have the level of copy-proofing that we saw as children and young adults, they would have to hire many more people, and that would not be economical.  And these days, it's barely economical to run a newspaper at all, and they are folding one by one as readers gravitate towards other news sources, especially online sources.  At least we have them as a news source, and at least they are no longer in Hackensack meddling with local matters.

Egan has good advice for Trump.  I can't imagine it being tougher for Kim Jung Il to have to face off with Donald Trump.  Trump will be tough, he will sell Democracy, he will sell peace.  He will wield the carrot and stick.  I have high hopes that real progress will be attained.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Summit & Hamilton Construction
« on: March 03, 2018, 05:56:22 AM »
nearby house on Hamilton Place, same estate division

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Summit & Hamilton Construction
« on: March 01, 2018, 12:16:35 PM »
I also proposed an R40 zone to replace R2, but I couldn't get it passed.  It would have continued to allow 2-family houses on a 50 x 100 lot, but only side-by-side duplex houses. It would not allow new construction or conversions from 1 to 2-family with one unit on the first floor and one on the second floor. The intent was to increase owner-occupany, and there was a clause that the 2-family units must be separately-deeded. R40 would have also allowed a single-family house on a 40 x 100 lot.  And for both single-family and two-family, it would have allowed slightly more lot coverage, which is needed for quality construction. Otherwise, rooms would be a lot smaller, and the houses would sell for so much less that it would not be economical to build. And that is the status quo.

The result of R40 not passing is that NOT MUCH one and two-family construction has occured in the R2 zone, which is large areas of the First Ward, plus the Carver Park area. Builders could go for variances, but that's always a gamble.

I believe the R40 proposal is still relevant, and it could still be passed.  I still have all my files on that.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Summit & Hamilton Construction
« on: March 01, 2018, 12:11:37 PM »
Another very similar house is under construction around the corner on Hamilton Place.  The estate at the SW corner of Summit & Hamilton was subdivided. That large estate, along with the adjacent house on the corner of Passaic Street, had been held for DECADES by investors hoping for zoning changes to build something more. 

Now that threat is completely eliminated by the subdivision of the larger estate.

In 2005, I wrote new zoning code for Summit Ave and vicinity.  The R1 zone definition (75 x 100, 7500 square feet) was eliminated, and replaced with R100, R75, and R60.  This site is in R75, which still means 75 x 100, but with 10,000 square feet lot size.  The new house around the corner went from R1A (50 x 100, 5000 square feet) to R75 as well.  Most of the remaining R1A zone was renamed R50, and it means the same thing.

Hackensack Discussion / Summit & Hamilton Construction
« on: March 01, 2018, 12:02:15 PM »
There is new construction on Summit Ave near Hamilton Place.  Attempting to download a photo, it's not easy.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: School Board may build new school
« on: February 27, 2018, 03:41:49 AM »
There needs to be an elementary school EAST of Railroad Ave, and somewhere between Anderson and Essex Streets. That will be "local" for all the new construction on Main and State Streets. Just look at a map of where the schools are, and you'll see a big void that needs to be filled. Hackensack is beyond the point of erecting additions to the existing elementary schools.

The only options are (a) stop new construction, and (b) build a new school.  I don't see (a) as a viable option.

If someone has access to the school district map, please post it.

And then everyone can all see how crazy the district lines are for 3 of the elementary schools. The Fairmount, Nellie K. Parker, and Fanny Hiller districts each reach deep into the heart of Hackensack, and into the downtown area. This means that families who will be living in the vicinity of Union, State, Main, and River Streets have to send their elementary students to a school 1 to 1.75 miles away, whether it's Fairmount, Nellie k. Parker, or Fanny Hillers. Only the Jackson Ave school has sensible district lines.

The city is trying to create a sense of community for the downtown and surrounding blocks, but wants to continue to divide that area between three elementary school districts AND then make parents transport their kids to 3 distant schools literally across town. You see the problem. Although all the existing elementary schools are all in stellar suburban neighborhoods, I'm quite sure that all the new families living downtown would much rather have a BRAND NEW elementary school in their own neighborhood.  And I have a hunch that it will be the highest performing elementary school in the city, with all the new relatively high income families moving into the downtown and surrounding streets.  And since all of Hackensack is now thoroughly mixed between Black and Latino, and there's very few White families sending to any of the elementary schools (I think all are 10% or less White, and if someone has this data, please post), this redistricting can be done in 2018 without raising any issues of racial segregation.  Although there is the possibility that a new downtown school might have a tad higher White and Asian populations than the others. Depending on the level of gentrification coming.


Hackensack Discussion / Re: Hackensack River Eco-tourism
« on: February 25, 2018, 03:23:52 AM »
For those who don't know, the Teaneck Greenway advisory board has been corrupted.  There are two homeowners along the Greenway who firmly and absolutely do not want the greenway coming through their property. So they got seats on the Board with the intent of making sure that no steps are taken to advance the project in any significant way. The worst of the offenders lives between the Indian burial ground near Pomander Walk and Terheune Park. And most ironically, the homes there sit very far from the river and on a high bluff. It would be no great loss to the properties if a 30-foot wide pubic access corridor was established along the river.  Good chance this misspelled woman's name is one of the two selfish rotten riverfront homeowners who control the direction of that Board. And the rest of the Board just follows their lead. 

But the real shame on this is the Teaneck Mayor and Council for allowing that type of corruption to happen.

At 211 Main, the city should not have let the developer destroy the tall arched window over the entry door.  From the photo, looks like it's getting sealed up.  They said the architectural integrity of the building would be preserved.  That evidently was a LIE.  Trust nobody, folks.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Woo-Hoo! We're #162!!
« on: February 07, 2018, 04:51:04 PM »
The list is somewhat deceptive because it strongly penalizes towns with large retail developments.  For instance, Paramus scored worse than Irvington.  Now, if anyone actually believes that Irvington is a quieter and safer town than Paramus, you've got rocks in your head.

Wayne and Eatontown also have abysmal scores, and both have major malls.  Hackensack would actually score higher, if not for our heavy retail.

good observation, Homer.  The County should pay for most or all of any intersection reconfiguration for Byrne, Esplanade, and Passaic Street.

At least 20 years overdue. Nice work, Mayor & Council and citizen advocates who pushed the issue. 3. Park & Passaic

And what's 50 years overdue and EXTREMELY NEEDED is to align The Esplanade with Byrne Street (at Passaic Street) and put a traffic light there. This requires the cooperation of Maywood. I recall that it has been discussed in the past, but no agreement has ever been made.

Since I now live in Maywood after 11 years in Essex County, I could help in the lobbying for that. The two municipalities should split the cost, with Hackensack paying 60% (not 50%) because Byrne Street is located entirely in Hackensack, while the Esplanade runs the border.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: HUMC Expansion
« on: January 29, 2018, 10:01:09 PM »
that's going to be an "expansion" larger than the HUMC campus in Hackensack. I wonder if their days of building in Hackensack are winding down ?  I notice that Hackensack Roofing has finally decided to put their land up for sale. Probably they are thinking the same think I am.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Maywood no longer sending to HHS
« on: January 23, 2018, 12:28:57 PM »
I relocated to Maywood on January 1st, and I have a step-daughter who just enrolled in Hackensack High. If you polled Maywood folks, I'm sure most would prefer Paramus over Hackensack, even if the entire town (not just 1/2 of Maywood, as now) would need to be bused. And that's a big cost. However, I think the chance of Paramus taking Maywood is ZERO. Paramus looks at Maywood as being a lower-income town, and they in Paramus want to preserve their own snootiness. Paramus is already a large school, and they would additionally feel that adding more students will increase enrollment. They would prefer a more close-knit school, and already feel the enrollment is too high. It's just not going to happen. Lodi has nothing to offer, as Hackensack is clearly better. Bogota, where Maywood used to attend, is packed to the rafters with students. Saddle Brook?  Also a tad snootier than Maywood, they won't want Maywood. There's literally nowhere to go. Maywood is going to continue it's sending relationship with Hackensack.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: City Clerk
« on: November 22, 2017, 03:56:52 PM »
The Hackensack money train continues.

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