Hoboken sidewalks non-passable and dangerous
Jan 07, 2018 | 755 views | 0 0 comments | 97 97 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

Council of the City of Hoboken: Today on a single thirty minute walk, I encountered several occurrences of children - approximately 10 years old - doing "extreme stunts" on our busy public sidewalks. This hazard is on top of our darkened sidewalks, with already low visibility due to poor street lighting.

The most common extreme stunt, presently, is taking the base of the scooter vehicle and twirling it around in the air - for as long as possible - and then repeating. The base is approximately 30-40 inches, so the spinning metal base is occupying twice that space - essentially the entire sidewalk. Additionally, the equipment is built for high speed revolutions - making this scenario extremely treacherous to pedestrians.

Unable to pass on my way home, I asked one set of boys on Park Avenue to stop. To this request, they replied, "we will do whatever we want". Council and the City Police have known about these dangers on our sidewalks and streets (due to razors and bicycles) - for two administrations now - and yet have done, literally nothing, while the conditions grow worse. This is inexcusable and reprehensible.

Long term continuous lack of enforcement has created a new generation of entitled, who just happen to eat up a quarter of our taxes. So now as we enter a new budget season we find, not only do the taxpayers of Hoboken not have adequate Essential Services provided by the City, but our School Taxes are also for naught.

Yours in Access, Health and Safety,

Melissa Blanco
Hoboken 5th Ward

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