- The train service to New York City from Western New Jersey ends at Clinton in Hunterdon County (roughly 15 miles away) to the west, and in Blairstown (Delaware Water Gap at the north end of Warren County) to the north. In both cases, existing tracks, already laid, connect all the way to Phillipsburg, and even on to Easton and Bethlehem (in fact, right to the door step of Sands Casino basically in Bethlehem, as well as the foot of South Side Hill in Easton). New Jersey leaders of all stripes have not connected Phillipsburg up to those stops (making them the last stop in New Jersey), for fear of making access to the city easy for Pennsylvania residents (to be read: competitors for jobs). This has left Warren County, and especially Phillipsburg, behind). Finish the lines, and add service, all the way to the “Stateliners.” Since these tracks literally run next to the river and South Main Street, you’d bring people downtown at least to get on and off.
- Governor Christie: stop delaying the new high school they had been promised in 2009. Also, stop trying to deny them “Abbott Funds” for running a regional high school (they aren’t regional up until then).
- Get creative with the Ingersoll land, or at least clean it up so someone will come in there. Bethlehem was going to die after Bethlehem Steel left, except they didn’t. They got creative, and have re-developed that land to make huge profits. Phillipsburg can do it too. It takes investment of dollars, and bringing in people with a vision that the public will use, not some quick buck making scheme.
- Put more interchanges off of I-78 into Phillipsburg. You ride several miles, past Phillipsburg, almost out to Bloomsbury, in Pohatcong, before you can get off for the first time. So tell me again, how would someone get off to go into Phillipsburg to shop, eat, site-see?
- Run the slum landlords off of South Main Street, at least from the train bridge down. Pass ordinances and get tough with these guys. Businesses and shops won’t come in when slums are all around. You can’t allow landlords to run their tenements into the ground to the point that no self respecting human will live there, then think businesses will come in. Code checks, ordinances for safety and cleanliness, and the like should be put into effect.
- Regionalize the schools and the police forces, allowing for better taxation and spending policies, as well as probably better services.
- Yes, clean up the water front. Easton’s doing it. There are some decent businesses down by it. Jimmy’s on the Delaware is legendary in the area, the Sand Bar is supposed to be very cool, Delahanty’s is a gem, and the 24 Hour Diner at Market and Main is so good. In addition, the train rides that the town runs, geared towards kids, would probably draw more parents (especially ones with income to spend) with kids there if the whole area looked nicer, and seemed cleaner. If they simply focused from the bridge up to the diner, and worked on that area, they could make progress, rather than worrying about all kinds of other areas of town.
Right on. I still want to place first-order priority on waterfront redevelopment. Rather than spreading development dollars all around like peanut butter, concentrate efforts on the waterfront and the commercial parcels right across the river from Easton.