For the record, GA opposes Rebuild-by-Design's Concept Plan A. It sucks.
The suck-i-ness of putting walls on 'interior' residential streets, the unsuitability of Plan A for Hoboken, is the alleged premise of a "new grassroots organization" called Save Our Streets ("SOS".)
Well folks, before you 'hop on the bandwagon' and join any organization which purports to serve the public interest, first ask: WHO are the organizers, and WHAT do they really want?
The SOS narrative that walls going up on our R-1 residential district streets are "being considered" is a frightening, disturbing call to action. "FIGHT THE WALL!" cry posters which appeared overnight on Hoboken streets, and "SAVE OUR STREETS!" SOS posters threatened: "DO YOU KNOW THAT A PLAN IS BEING CONSIDERED THAT WILL DIVIDE HOBOKEN?"
These 'midnight fliers' (did anyone actually see who put them up?) included a logo- a pretty professional effort for an overnight 'grassroots' organization; they've also put up a well-maintained Facebook page.
This logo and Facebook presence are strikingly similar to that September pop-up political interest group whose anonymous founders pushed a vehemently anti-Zimmer, anti-Reform agenda.
|SOS soliciting "requests" for a "Save our Street's website"- that's NEXT|
People, please read before you "like."
You have just joined a group whose anonymous founders
are fomenting fear and anger with a FALSE narrative of "hasty actions of storm walls to be built in our town," and demands to "IMPROVE INFRASTRUCTURE FIRST!"
THAT is the real SOS agenda.
To misinform the public about Rebuild-by-Design. SOS wants to redefine the ENTIRE $230M Rebuild-by-design PROJECT as a hastily-built "wall that will divide Hoboken." In my opinion, this group doesn't want to stop Concept Plan A- they want to sink the entire project. SOS poses a false dichotomy: you can't proceed with both Rebuild-by-design AND infrastructure repair. No, says SOS- it is one or the other.
In my OPINION, SOS is using fear to grow an anti-administration political movement. Their GOAL: to kill the flood protection initiative, a $230M grant won by Hoboken, so they can call the Zimmer initiative a "failure," then tell residents Zimmer "blew it," she failed to protect residents from flooding.
This tactic is a repeat of the effort to kill our hospital sale.
People, do not fall for the "shtick."
Do you need more convincing that SOS is a well-financed effort with anonymous backers- like "Citizens for Accountability"?
The image below is a Photoshop of a giant wall on a residential street created for SOS by SOS to misrepresent Rebuild by Design's proposals. This illustration that does not exist in the Rebuild by Design proposal. It was "liked" by NBC star and Hoboken resident, Natalie Morales.
Folks, by all means oppose Plan A. I do, too.
Raise your voice at public meetings, make yourself heard.
Ask WHO is behind SOS, ask WHO is financing SOS.
And don't donate one penny to them; they seem to have plenty.
|SOS links to Hoboken411.com, liked by Mike Russo|