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- FBW Plans
- Gov. Christie vetoes bill risking flood insurance eligibility for Hudson River municipalities
- Zimmer announces flood-mitigation strategy
- Senator Sacco’s bill would put people in harm’s way
- Six months later, relief comes to NJ businesses
- Considering proposals to stem the tides by Canute, Bloomberg, and Zimmer
- 79% of Hoboken falls into FEMA’s new flood zone!
- Flood insurance rates will skyrocket but City has opportunity to reduce your premiums by 45%
- Monarch Towers now in FEMA’s Coastal High Hazard Flood Zone
- The Long Slip Canal and protecting Hoboken from the next surge
- The morning after Sandy: Hoboken’s waterfront parks
- Are we devising flood remedies based on a 1,000 year storm?
- $10s of millions in pipeline for Hoboken flood mitigation; can City manage it?
- Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force selects professional teams to design solutions
- Developing a Plan
- Utilizing polders as flood mitigation measure
- A serious conversation about Sandy
- The Dutch Dialogues: A model for Hoboken
- The Big Uneasy
- 12-Point Plan in preparation for the next Sandy
- Post-Sandy: After repairing the damage, then what?
- Shipyard attempts to reverse Planning Board
- FBW files motion to intervene
- Two strikes on the Monarch towers
- Freeholders counsel rejects Monarch appeal
- City sues Monarch developers for breach of contract
- County Planning Board stuns Monarch developers
- Can the waterfront walkway be a “street”?
- Shipyard’s Plan to Privatize Pier
- FBW challenges state approval
- DEP flouts its permit to restore pier
- Hudson River Walkway
- Hoboken’s South Waterfront designated one of NJ’s Great Public Spaces by NJ-APA
- Defining the key to Hoboken’s success as a thriving urban community
- Yankee ferry evicted from Hoboken’s pier
- Will Hoboken Shipyard’s Pier 13 bring bad luck for public access?
- City Council ordinance key to completing plan for Hoboken’s central waterfront
- Hoboken vs. Jersey City waterfront
- What do Zuccotti Park and Hudson River Walkway have in common?
- The good news and the bad concerning Maxwell Place Park
- Roots over the River
- Hoboken’s original plan and first parks established in 1804
- Rail Yards
- Stevens Institute
- Union Dry Dock
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We believe that successful waterfronts begin with sound planning, time-tested urban design and an understanding that the water’s edge belongs to the public.
Public vs. Private
In addition to problems with public access, Margaret Kohn describes the threat to democracy and freedom of speech in her book, Brave New Neighborhoods: The Privatization of Public Space. As malls replace town centers and developers create open space that is privately owned and controlled, Ms. Kohn demonstrates how this privatization results in restrictions on political expression. Gated communities, privately owned plazas and malls operate outside of democratic politics. Read article..
The Shipyard developer’s Monarch towers proposal is winding its tortured path through the approval process and is now headed back to the Hoboken Planning Board to be scheduled for a hearing in early 2014. Last year the Board denied the application without holding a hearing. The project has been opposed by the Mayor and Council, City of Hoboken, Hudson Tea Building Condo Association and the Fund for a Better Waterfront. One of the first issues to be resolved is what variances might be required by developers David and Michael Barry.Read more.
The campaign fundraising in municipal elections for Hoboken, NJ has undergone a tectonic shift in the past two election cycles. Campaign finance reports for last November’s municipal election reveal spending by the three slates of candidates to be roughly equal, ranging from $126,674 for Mayor Zimmer’s winning team to $159,381 for the Councilman Tim Occhipinti’s slate. These results stand in marked contrast to the 2005 mayoral race won by David Roberts who collected a staggering $1.4 million dollars to defeat then Councilwoman Carol Marsh outspending her campaign by a margin of approximately ten to one. Read More.
Support a Better Waterfront
You can donate safely through our PayPal link. An essential goal of FBW has been to create a park along the river’s edge that unquestionably belongs to and is accessible to all — people from every walk of life, for generations to come. Over its 23-year life, FBW has achieved many of its goals. But to finish the job & create a prototype for other communities to emulate, we need your support. And be sure to read this year’s letter to Santa Claus. Donate now..
FBW Annual Fundraiser
The Hudson Riverkeeper Paul Gallay was the featured speaker at FBW’s annual fundraising event on November 21, entitled Take Me to the River held at the Hoboken Elks Club. Gallay related the history of the Riverkeeper going after polluters of the Hudson River and sparking a riverkeeper movement across the country to clean up and protect American rivers. He also spoke of the importance of advocacy work and cited the importance of FBW’s role in securing a public waterfront along the Hudson River. Read more.
Must Watch Video
The Fund for a Better Waterfront has launched its new video featuring FBW planner/architect Craig Whitaker talking about the essential elements of urban design and planning that laid the foundation for the success of Hoboken’s south waterfront. In 1990, FBW hired Mr. Whitaker to develop a plan for the Hoboken waterfront and has worked closely with him since that time. Mr. Whitaker is the principal of Craig Whitaker Architects based in New York City. More info.