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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Renovation Central Ave
« on: September 11, 2018, 07:38:40 AM »

I've never been able to load photos to this website. The process is unusual and very difficult for me

Hackensack Discussion / Renovation Central Ave
« on: September 11, 2018, 07:37:54 AM »
Lots of houses get vinyl siding, but I consider this particular project to be very significant due to it's prominent location.  This is a major improvement for the core Central Ave corridor

That stairwell is 3 stories above grade, so far. And how tall is the building going to be ? At least 5 stories, I'm sure.  Your fears are confirmed, goodbye river view from your penthouse apartment.

Exactly. There could be a sudden downdraft during a thunderstorm, in which an airplane suddenly loses 400 feet altitude. And then it's all over.

Hackensack History / Re: Demolition of The Record building
« on: September 04, 2018, 10:20:56 AM »
None of the other 643 construction sites are so isolated that they COULD BE demolished with explosives or a wrecking ball.  It was a reasonable speculation, and I was wondering the same thing.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Goodbye, Geri's Deli
« on: August 20, 2018, 03:49:17 AM »
What needs to go is the billboard

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Weed Manna
« on: July 22, 2018, 09:15:39 AM »
The core message that parents are the anti-drug is perfectly logical to anyone who is, or has been, a parent to a teenager.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Weed Manna
« on: July 17, 2018, 08:21:42 AM »
The logic is:  'Parents, take your kids to this hamburger joint. That's the joint they need, not a marijuana joint.'

Hackensack Videos / Re: Flooded Hackensack NJ 4/16/18
« on: July 01, 2018, 09:59:44 AM »
This is why we need a Coles Brook Flood Control Commission, composed of Hackensack, Maywood, Paramus and River Edge residents.  We need flood detention improvements along both Coles Brook and Van Saun Creek.  There's room behind Lowes, in Staib Park where the abandoned basketball area is, and in select parts of Borg's Woods overrun with invasives.  Even just south of Beech Street. And additional areas in Paramus. If water can be held upstream, there will be less water in the creek downstream.  The brook can be widened in some areas as well

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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