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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Kazimir's Pets closing
« on: June 18, 2018, 10:54:44 PM »
And what's really improved is the south side of Passaic Street from Park Street to Linden Ave. And both sides of Passaic Street from Linden Ave going west to Second Street.  I think a lot of this has to do with the "loss" of the giant boarding house at 211 Passaic Street. I think that fire was around 2005. You now see houses now with well kept exteriors and landscaping, and nice new front doors.  That was also a shock to me, after 10 years.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Kazimir's Pets closing
« on: June 18, 2018, 10:48:01 PM »
I returned to the area in January after living 10 years in Essex County. i'm now in Maywood.  I'm just astounded at how run-down and impoverished the Anderson Street business district has become. When you live in Hackensack, the change happens slowly and you hardly notice it. But for someone who comes back after 10 years and sees what it has become, it's much more shocking. I see that Rudy's is also gone. Anderson Street used to be better than Central Ave, but now the tables are turned. Central Ave has slightly improved, while Anderson Street has just gone into a deep decline. The quality of the stores remaining is largely pitiful.

I think the highest priority redevelopment area in Hackensack should be the block bounded by Passaic Street, Park Street, Anderson Street, and the railroad. If there is ONE BLOCK in the entire city that is most holding back Hackensack, it's this square block. It could be a mixed use transit village, with nice stores on the ground level.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Teterboro Airport
« on: June 15, 2018, 10:54:52 PM »
There as once a proposal to extend Banta Place from Main Street to Moore Street, and to knock down whatever is in the way. At the time, the bank headquarters sitting right there was the largest building in Hackensack. Someone was making proposal looking at a map, and not field checking the recommendations before making them.

This proposal to close Teterboro Airport is right up there with the Banta Place extension, in terms of feasibility and credibility. It's just stupid.  I'm just laughing hysterical at the thought of Port Authority conceding a major facility to sea level rise.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Area in Need of Rehabilitation
« on: June 14, 2018, 06:01:47 PM »
Interesting. What happened to the "requirement" that abandoned federal properties have to be turned over and made into homeless shelters.

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Yes, readers want local news in the newspaper, and that's the reason why The Record's circulation dropped. It would be difficult to recover the readers at this point, but not impossible.

Most readers are now relying on TV, radio, and social media for national and international news. They are not buying the newspaper for national and international news. And the one aspect of that which used to be DAILY was the guy who wrote the political cartoons, and they cut him from daily to weekly.  And that really hurt The Record.

Readers want local news in the newspaper, and sports, and if it doesn't deliver that, they'll drop it.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Sears Future
« on: May 31, 2018, 10:56:16 PM »
The city would be smart to create a Planned Unit Development (PUD) for the Sears property, with a density bonus exceeding the current zoning for the main lot, and their parking lot on the east side of River Street should be transferred to the City of Hackensack and added to Johnson Park, at no cost. This is legal, it can be done.

People think that parking lot is part of the park. It is not. It would be an ugly jolt to the City of Hackensack if that parking lot was ever developed. Now is the time for smart planning on this one.

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amazing to see the quality of neighborhood homes before they were torn down to build schools and parking lots. I hadn't seen about half of these.  I would love to see the homes where the Middle School ball fields are.

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Hackensack History / Re: Old images (part 1 of 2)
« on: May 28, 2018, 12:03:03 PM »
great pic's.  Post more if you have them.

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Homer, an explanation of social darwinism is not the answer here.  I suppose you are also against helmet laws for motorcyclists. And do you have no problem with all the chemicals and hormones, herbicides, and pesticides in our food.  There are aspects of libertarianism that I agree with. Lots, actually.  But the drift towards social darwinism is dangerous.

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Or there's a better example.  Saying that train deaths don't matter because more people are killed by cars and buses is like saying Black Lives Don't Matter because so many more people are killed in Black-on-Black violence in the inner city than are shot and killed by police.

In 2010, 12 year old Caeser Muloki was struck and killed by a train near Clay Street and Central Ave. He would be about 20 years today.  I say his life matters. I think his family members agree with me. He would be alive today if the railroad was fenced off in that neighborhood. His death was not a smug "Survival of the Fittest" example proving that Charles Darwin was correct; it was an example that the railroad needs to be fenced. And had it been fenced, there would not have been 2 deaths a week or two ago.

And same for these two people killed so recently near the Main Street railroad crossing. Their lives matter. The railroad needs to be secured. We need it for safety, we need it for landscaping and aesthetics. Hackensack needs it to be a community that cares.

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I see 26 communities in NJ have passed resolutions against the legalization of marijuana, including two in Bergen County. Those two are Carlstadt and Garfield.

Interesting how the list includes very Republican and very Democratic communities. When something is wrong, people of all political persuasions see it.

Time for Hackensack to take a stand.

http://www.nj.com/marijuana/2018/05/these_nj_towns_have_said_no_to_legal_weed_before_i.html

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Editor, your argument is like saying there's no reason to ban assault weapons because far more people kill other people with handguns and knives.

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WRONG ANSWER GUYS !!!!  I just spoke with staff at the Fairmount Eats Diner. They detailed the gruesome scene. The couple was hit standing on the tracks about 30 or 40 feet south of the intersection, and hit by a northbound train.  The waitress pointed to a "one way" sign along Terrace Place as the exact spot.  One body was thrown to the intersection of Main Street, and the other was left at the spot.

You guys can circle the wagons all you want, but the facts are the facts. So, this accident IS an example of the tracks needing fencing.  The city government needs to start talks with NJ Transit and figure out how fencing can be built. It's not acceptable that the citizens of Ridgewood get protection with fences, but NJ Transit leaves the tracks wide open through the heart of Hackensack.  And the death count is mounting.  Ultimately this is the fault of NJ Transit, but they aren't going to do anything unless the City of Hackensack makes it an issue. And the city has been unacceptably silent.

I think this can be done in coordination with a beautification project. The fences can be set as close to the tracks as feasible, and the area between the fence and street curbs can be either grassy or some evergreen shrubs and trees, or some combination.  I remember the initiative of Anthony Zisa, then chair of the Shade Tree Commission, to beautify the railroad corridor a bit to the south.  And it was torpedoed by engineering study costs.

Maybe start with the section from Temple Ave to Euclid Ave.

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The article indicates in two places that the accident did not occur at a street crossing

1. It says "near" the intersection of Terrace Place, not "at" the intersection

2. and then concludes with the following paragraph about respecting the right of away and crossing the tracks only at designated locations:  "Snyder said the incident serves as a reminder to stay off the tracks and to respect the right-of-way. She said that tracks should only be crossed at designated locations, never go around closed gates and that trains can't stop quickly."

You may have more information than the article.  Or the article could be wrong. We welcome further information.

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This is at least the 4th pedestrian death along the NJ Transit line since these Hackensack community message boards were up and running. Folks, including myself, have repeatedly said that the city needs to install fencing comparable to what Ridgewood has in their downtown, to protect the residents, and keep people off of the tracks.  All that is needed is a simple chain link fence, 4 feet high, on both sides, from Temple Ave to Essex Street. There is no "right" to cross the tracks anywhere and everywhere. How many more people have to die before fencing is installed ?

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