The history of the Sixth Street Embankment has so far given Jersey City much to be proud of. It reminds us of our history of productivity and significance when goods were produced at home and things were made and built in the USA.
The embankment reminds us to be proud of the important role that Jersey City served as a terminus of numerous rail and freight lines where many of our fathers and grandmothers worked amidst the ringing steel and the aroma of steam and diesel engines.
The more recent history of the embankment can make us proud of the hard work and sacrifice that everyday citizens are compelled to dedicate to preserve our city’s history or improve our communities. These people strive so that others may benefit, so that future generations can enjoy the beauty of our city.
The embankment also reminds us of a case that exemplifies diligence, sensitivity, and long-sightedness on the part of our city government. In June, when the city voted to make funds available to buy the embankment, it was a step towards the preservation of something that makes our city unique and special.
I hope that a conclusion is reached where the 6th Street Embankment is preserved so that our children can feel the history of our city, as opposed to merely learning about it in a photograph or article.
Country Village, Jersey City