The photos attached are of various buildings and lots in Hoboken, NJ. Hoboken, a waterfront city located in Hudson County, used to be an area mostly inhabited by lower to middle class European immigrants in the early twentieth century. However, over the past few decades, Hoboken has been under drastic and continuous renovation, attracting buyers of many different occupations and backgrounds. Much of the redeveloped land in Hoboken today is actually a direct result of the subsidies given by the federal government to renovate substandard housing spaces (as discussed in the book). Once acquisition and renovation projects were initiated by developers, the city started to bloom. Hoboken’s contemporary residential and commercial buildings, along with its close proximity to the city and location on the waterfront have recently made it a popular choice of residency amongst the young and old alike. As a result, the demographics have changed from a homogenous population to a vibrant community comprised of many different races, ages, and religions.
The first three photos are of the buildings that I liked and the last three are of the areas that I did not. The first picture is of a commercial office building next to an apartment complex. I liked how both buildings were similar in proximity and architecture but were still distinguishable from each other. The commercial building on the left had larger windows while the apartment complex on the right had smaller ones with a more decorative exterior. The second picture is a corner view of the apartment complex from the first photo. Although it is made from old-fashioned brick, the protruding architecture and decorative windows give it a contemporary feel that looks attractive while preserving the historic style of Hoboken. The third photo is of another apartment complex. I liked the many amenities that were part of the building. It had its own parking and each individual apartment had terraces that overlooked over the city, providing tenants with suburban luxuries in an urban environment. The three photos I did not like were of empty and undeveloped lots. The fact that they were undeveloped did not bother me – it was their inconvenient placement and size that I disliked. In the fourth and fifth photos, the underdeveloped lot is so small that constructing anything on it would be a waste of time and money. No developer would want to invest anything into such a small piece of land in an urban environment. The only logical move would be to find a public use for it. The last photo was of an old commercial space with a gate leading to a parking lot in the back. In an urban neighborhood where almost all of the buildings had multiple stories, this one had one story along with an empty parking lot. Not only did it ruin the consistency of the neighborhood, it had used a good portion of its lot for parking spaces that could have been used for more square footage of building space. Hopefully it will be redeveloped to match the feel of the rest of the area.