|Existing Washington street superimposed with proposed (painted) bike lines. What's the big deal?|
"To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making. The making of laws like the making of sausages, is not a pretty sight."
-Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898)
We can all agree that Mayor Zimmer and our City Council are going to deliver a vastly improved, safer Washington Street with infrastructure repaired..
We can all agree the voice of the people has been heard, and our governing body is respecting it.
We can all agree that the process has not been a pretty sight.
This is how government works.
As of last night, GA thinks the Mayor's Washington Street project is headed in the right direction. The "protected" bike lanes and constricted road are gone, but (as I understand it), the proposal includes a dedicated lane (painted "sharrows") for those who bike, with no fundamental changes to the street scape- except some additional parking.
Look, we will never ALL agree on what is "best" for Hoboken, but the amended resolution, with sharrows, takes the Mayor's initiative to the next level. That's my opinion.
Of course, 2017 politicking made an appearance.
Ruben Ramos, (whose political skills GA underestimated) chastised the mayor and wants the council to claim ownership of the proposal, but remember who initiated the project to improve and repair Washington Street, to fix our infrastructure: Mayor Zimmer.
Anyone who wants to reduce her Washington Street initiative down to "bike lanes" is, IMO, an idiot.
Let's be clear: "bike lanes" have been part of the plan since 2013 with no public push-back. Until now.
Because now the sausage is being made.
So, GA thanks both the Mayor and the Council for their hard work, still in progress, to bring Hoboken a much better, safer Washington Street.
GA is immensely thankful for our superb Hoboken Fire Department who fought hard under punishing cold, to battle the fire at 505/507 Washington Street. According to the mayor's office, fourteen firefighters suffered minor injuries, including frostbite, slips and falls and smoke inhalation, GA wishes them a swift recovery, and...
Bless them for saving Frankie the cat!
An online fundraiser has been set up for victims who lost everything in the blaze: The Hoboken Fire Fundraiser. You can donate by Paypal or credit card, please click HERE
HPD Chief Ferrante was on the scene, on top of it as always, and GA thanks him for continuing to do a fantastic job for our community.