It is good news to hear that a recent Supreme Court ruling has stated that the use of eminent domain is a valid reason for a municipality to acquire land for open space. I am a resident of Jersey City and live across the street from the Sixth Street Embankment. I want to see attention focused on what the residents want, more green space, parks, for the enjoyment of everyone. The Embankment is located in an area that is convenient to many residents to be used as a park.
To have the embankment used for green space actually raised the uniqueness of our neighborhood. More parks mean this area is even more desirable for more people to move here. The value of parks and green space brings added value to the property surrounding it. It attracts more people to buy the townhouses that developers want to sell nearby.
If the city cannot negotiate a fair price to buy the Embankment, I urge the Mayor and his administration to use eminent domain to take the Embankment as a public park for the people of Jersey City. If the Embankment were to be destroyed in order to build condos, it would destroy the uniqueness and the historical significance of the neighborhood. It would be a tremendous loss to our entire city.