Is it me, or is the old H&M (PATH) powerplant restoration in downtown JerseyCity iust an idea waiting to happen to the right people? The developments at ExchangePlace and Newport are highly encouraging, but you can't build a community around a scattering of restaurants and Starbucks--people aren't always hungry or under-caffeinated. The current proposals center on an art/cultural center for the community.
Last spring, I took a family trip to Baltimore, MD for a weekend to see the Inner Harbor. They also had a massive, unsightly old powerplant, but they redeveloped it for a couple of private tenants and now the building adds an interesting landmark and point of reference instead of a blight. Would that work here? I'd say yes.
Tuesday, December 23, 2003
Sunday, December 21, 2003
Long gaps in the weblog. System information is out of data again. Recent events in my personal life have made the maintenance of this site difficult at best. My second child, Scott was born in September. On January 13, 2003 I lost my mother to complications from pneumonia after a long decline in her condition. She had been severly disabled since 1996, and had been suffering from Parkinson's Disease since 1982. It was my mother who worked as a travel agent for AAA from 1972 to 1986 who first inspired my interest in geography, since my home was filled with maps from every state and many countries. She also liked bridges, and her favorite was always the George Washington Bridge. I dedicate this site in her memory, and pledge to resume work on it soon.
Posted by Steve Lackey at 12:51 AM