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tried to get a picture of that with my cell phone.  Got nothing close to the quality you captured

There are too many postings of things completely unrelated to Hackensack, and it's caused this site to wane in popularity.  Good music, but not relevant to Hackensack at all.

Information Resources / Re: 1938 Red-Lining Map - Zoomable
« on: August 18, 2020, 03:05:55 AM »
Notice also that Borg's Woods and what would become the Byrne/Brook Street subdivision were left un-rated and uncolored on the map. What did that mean in terms of a builder wanting financing? I bet it wasn't easy to get financing in an un-rated area. The Byrne/Brook subdivision wasn't built until about 1950. Borg's Woods was purchased by John Borg in 1939 at a sheriff's auction, which was 3 years after he bought the mansion at Summit & Fairmount, and only one year after the red-lining map came out.  Most of northern Bergen County was also un-rated, and development was lack-luster until after World War II.  Perhaps the red-lining map had a lot of impact for about 7 years, and some impact for another 5 years. And by the 1950's, it didn't have much meaning in terms of builders getting financing.

Information Resources / Re: 1938 Red-Lining Map - Zoomable
« on: August 18, 2020, 03:00:14 AM »
The yellow areas explain a lack of multi-unit development during that era. Yellow areas were considered by the banks to be "imminent to decline." If you look at what areas of Hackensack are red and yellow, it's a map of where multi-unit development WAS NOT built from 1938 through the 1940's, and perhaps a few years more. So for instance, you have multi-unit buildings from those years built in the southern part of Fairmount where the banks said OK to financing by builders (Hamilton & Franklin, on Clinton west of Clarendon, and the NE corner Clinton & Grand), but all multi-unit development stopped in the vicinity of Anderson Park (that was designated as a yellow area), and nothing multi-unit was built in the yellow areas further north in Fairmount. I wonder that the banks thought the northern parts of Fairmount were imminent to decline because houses being built were small and lots of working class Irish were moving in (say around Main & Catalpa), but Passaic Street, Hamilton Place, and Clinton Place (& vicinity) had much larger houses, and they were relatively new, and more white collar than blue collar, and at the time there were many more families of White Protestant background that the banks favored. The red-lining map provides a lot of evidence in terms of development patterns in Hackensack.

Information Resources / Re: 1938 Red-Lining Map - Zoomable
« on: August 16, 2020, 02:47:17 AM »
Used by banks to discriminate against whole neighborhoods when it comes to lending.  Interesting that they appear to discriminate equally against Black and Italian neighborhoods, see the First Ward of Hackensack as well as Lodi.

Note also the line around Passaic Street in central Hackensack, and that must have been the boundary of the Black neighborhood in 1938. The map showed both sides of Passaic Street as being good (those blocks of Passaic Street had an even better rating than the northern parts of the Fairmount Section of Hackensack), but both sides of Stanley Place were red-lined. The red-lining zig-zagged on Park Street, also interesting.

From a historical perspective, the map says a lot, and perhaps explains housing and development patterns in different neighborhoods. If buyers and developers are not able to secure affordable financing, this reflects on how much new construction or rehab occurs.  In this way, the banks decide which areas prosper, and which areas suffer.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Property Taxes
« on: June 17, 2020, 06:25:13 AM »
Yes Victor, that's how gentrification works.  Bring in one large development, and suddenly everything nearby is worth much more, for two main reasons.  (1) because a new and higher use has been established for the neighborhood, and theoretically other properties can be redeveloped (2) These are higher-income residents, and their spending power means that higher-end restaurants and retail can flourish in the vicinity. That also increases the business climate and attract more business. Even office use will be attracted.

One would have to look at the census reports from 2010 to establish the identity of the neighborhood, which I have not done.  But it's common knowledge that the downtown neighborhood is sparse, just a few people scattered about, living above storefronts, and just a few nearby homes and buildings. The population is low. They basically working class, and very heavily Latino and Black. The new neighborhood is middle to middle-upper income, and there will be significant numbers of Whites and Asians moving in. It'll be a very different neighborhood.  I'm sure they will be heavily supportive of "progressive" politics, whatever their background is. People wanting to live in a diverse downtown neighborhood are usually of that mindset. Who knows, they might even vote for Victor Sasson. God help us.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Maywood no longer sending to HHS
« on: April 08, 2020, 04:09:04 AM »
The decision needs to be appealed because a REGIONALIZED school district means that taxpayers in the sending districts will have to share in the cost to expand any and all schools in Hackensack. This is far more advantageous to Hackensack than the reduction of student enrollment at the high school if Maywood leaves.  The decision was made on March 3rd, and I believe there are 45 days to appeal before it's final. To follow are excerpts from my March 8th letter to the Hackensack Board of Education.

"The Hackensack Board of Education is overlooking an enormous financial incentive to keep hold of Maywood as a sending district.

As you are aware, New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney has prioritized merging school districts and sending districts into regional K-12 Districts.  The Maywood, Rochelle Park, and South Hackensack Boards of Education are specifically targeted for elimination.  If this happens, there will be ONE school district and ONE elected Board of Education covering Hackensack and it’s sending districts.

Economically, this would be very advantageous to Hackensack taxpayers because the cost of expanding any school in Hackensack would be spread out among the property owners in the city AND it’s sending districts.  Therefore the portion paid by City of Hackensack property owners will be dramatically less. This is true not just for expanding the high school, but for expanding any of the city schools. While it is theoretically true that school expansions in the sending districts would be largely paid for by Hackensack taxpayers under Sweeney’s merger plan, the reality is those schools are not in need of expansion, and there is scarcely any residential growth in those towns. 

It is extraordinarily short-sighted to let Maywood go, when there is so much pending school expansion in Hackensack that will need to be paid for.  Hackensack taxpayers cannot afford to let them go.

I ask the Hackensack Board of Education and the Mayor & Council of Hackensack to promptly seek an opinion on this from the city’s Tax Assessor. He could give a percent of future school expansion costs that would be absorbed by the other communities, based on property tax ratables in all of the communities. Unsure to include Teterboro?

When new facts are brought to light, public policy has to change in response.  In light of this economic perspective, the Hackensack Board of Education would be prudent to re-evaluate its position on Maywood leaving. It is not too late to appeal the decision by Lamont Repollet, State Commissioner of Education."

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Masked citizens - the Coronavirus
« on: April 02, 2020, 09:56:18 PM »
Giant Farm is price gouging on eggs and butter

Hackensack History / Serious fire in David Beyer House
« on: February 03, 2020, 08:57:55 PM »
This afternoon, there was a fire in the first house on Clinton Place, near Pangborne Place and next to the parking lot for Holy Trinity.  This is the office of the realtor, David Beyer.  At one time it was his residence, but unsure if that is still the case.  Multiple fire engines came, including one from Englewood that was heavily involved with the actual fire fighting. Smoke was coming out of the windows, and the firemen were using a buzz saw to cut a hole in the roof to vent the fire.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Maywood no longer sending to HHS
« on: January 31, 2020, 10:19:17 PM »
Evidently the State Commissioner of Education is still deciding Maywood's application.  His name is Dr. Lamont O. Repollet, and he was appointed by the current Governor, Phil Murphy. He's a minority and a Democrat, so my guess is it's going to be a tough sell to convince him to let a suburban town leave an urban school district.

One serious obstacle is that State Senate President Sweeney has announced a plan to consolidate local Boards of Education, and Maywood along with Rochelle Park and South Hackensack are all targeted for elimination and consolidation with the Hackensack Board of Education to make a Hackensack Regional Board of Education.  Maywood would effectively gain partial ownership of a major asset that it didn't pay to build, which is the high school. And that is in the best interests of Maywood.

I have to wonder openly if the municipalities will be consolidated next, based on having a common Board of Education. That could be 5 or 10 years out, it's entirely possible. The politics seems to be moving in that direction. So a lot is at stake here, and I feel that our Hackensack elected officials haven't thought this through thoroughly.

If a municipal consolidation ever happens, I think each town should "come in" as a unit with it's own Neighborhood Council with significant decision-making authority. And then Hackensack should be divided into several Neighborhood Councils, one for Fairmount, one for the hill south of Passaic Street, one for what is traditionally called "the first ward" up to Essex Street and Green Street, and one for Central Hackensack. So there would be a strong sense of community for each area and lot's of local decision-making, and maybe even a Zoning Board for each. And then there would be a regional Mayor and Council elected for all of Hackensack, Maywood, Rochelle Park, and South Hackensack. And one regional Planning Board.

Really a lot is at stake, and for Maywood to leave the high school jeopardizes a whole lot more than people realize. It's like the future is being decided now, and everyone is asleep at the wheel.

I am aware of no official call for public comment on the school secession plan, but I did send a long and detailed letter to Dr. Repollet in opposition to the proposal.  I didn't mention anything about any possible municipal consolidation.

The only other news on this is that the Borough of Maywood passed a Resolution in favor of severing the sending relationship, based on it saving Maywood about a million dollars a year. To Maywood, that's a lot of money. I did the math, it comes to less than a dollar a day to the average homeowner. 

I live in Maywood, and my goal is to make $100 or more a day buying and selling stocks. Does anyone think I care about a dollar a day on property taxes???  Even if I owned a house and wasn't renting, it's peanuts compared to $100 a day. It's not even worth thinking about. It's a small-minded concern, and I'm far more concerned about how much time Maywood kids will spend on buses travelling so far. And how I will have to jump through hoops to get my child to school, or to home, if she misses the bus ride either way. 

And I have a longer view on what may happen with municipal consolidations.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Teterboro Airport
« on: January 31, 2020, 09:52:29 PM »
I live smack on the border of Hackensack and Maywood, and the current flight path is 100% exactly direct over my house. I look forwards to having most of the planes moved to the Route 17 flight path. However, in stormy weather the planes will revert to the "direct approach" over my house. So if there is a micro-burst, and a plane comes down, I'm doomed.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Maywood no longer sending to HHS
« on: January 11, 2020, 10:59:17 AM »
Does anyone know how this was resolved.  I notice the advocates of Becton Regional are no longer talking about it on Maywood facebook pages and blogs.  That could mean it was denied.

I was able to determine that on October 21, 2019, Judge Moscowitz "sent it back" to the State Commissioner of Education, and said that he (Moscowitz) lacks jurisdiction to make a determination either way.

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