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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.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: I need your help
« on: November 16, 2017, 10:37:08 PM »
Any actions to silence your photo-journalism are in clear violation of the law.  This is REPRISAL. This is HARASSMENT.   Whatever law firm is after you, they can go jump in the River.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: "The Current on River"
« on: November 07, 2017, 08:15:38 PM »
I was thinking the same thing.  The front should be on East Camden Street for the reasons you stated and one more, which is that the city should want to encourage pedestrian traffic from the lobby entrance of this building to Main Street. Putting the entrance around the corner on River Street is not only gritty and unattractive from a tenant's standpoint, it's too far from the shops on Main Street.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Union and Passaic Streets closed today
« on: October 30, 2017, 10:21:53 PM »
Great pictures.  I am very happy to see that old pipe replacement is part of this project.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: M&M Building Renovations
« on: October 30, 2017, 10:20:28 PM »
Yes, the junkyard is paying taxes, but it's reducing the tax revenue of the properties across the street and throughout the neighborhood. 

1. Getting rid of the junkyard will increase tax revenues throughout the neighborhood, and
2. it's been long known that nice parks increase local tax revenues as well.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: M&M Building Renovations
« on: October 29, 2017, 12:08:15 AM »
The green space should have been preserved. 

What would seem to me to be the super-obvious choice would be to condemn the long-hated junkyard on Second Street, and expand Carver Park, and build this basketball stadium where the junkyard is.  I don't get it.  Why isn't this obvious.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: New(?) Historic(?) local Medical Center
« on: October 13, 2017, 04:00:40 PM »
I got a great name for Bergen Regional Medical Center.  How about "Bergen Pines".

nice work.  I look forwards to seeing more of their old photos.  I'm sure they have an amazing archives

Hackensack Discussion / Re: New(?) Historic(?) local Medical Center
« on: October 08, 2017, 10:04:50 AM »
I think the name change is bad for another reason; it's nowhere near NEW BRIDGE LANDING.

I don't think anything in Bergen County should be named NEW BRIDGE unless it's located in that geographical area where River Edge, New Milford, Hackensack, and Teaneck come together.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Deer sighting
« on: October 04, 2017, 10:34:49 PM »
There are between 5 and 8 resident deer in Borg's Woods. They are usually either along Coles Brook, or up on the hillside near Brook Street.  They stay in Borg's during the day, and at night they wander into Hackensack and Maywood. 

Deer are also resident behind the Shops at Riverside, and they can easily pass under Route 4 at the river to reach the FDU area.

And deer are resident around Teterboro airport and in the Meadowlands. 

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