One of the best parts of being in New Brunswick is the atmosphere the city creates by boasting a downtown and a suburban setting. When living here you get to experience a little bit of everything, and i think that’s a feature that can’t be easily replicated. However, with the good comes the bad. Traffic here can be a nightmare, making travel a frustrating experience for any student trying to get around. Downtown New Brunswick, although in the midst of transformation, presents an unwelcoming and intimidating atmosphere for people who aren’t used to the sight. All these features come together to create a unique mixture of landscapes.
One feature that I happen to like a lot is Beucler Park, which is situated right next to Easton Ave. The open landscape is inviting and kind of draws people in on a nice day. It isn’t uncommon to see health nuts jogging along the paths etched into the landscape, or a band of friends coming together to play a pick-up game of basketball or football. I feel It’s one of the highlights of the City, and I think land developers have taken the same stance. There are condominiums situated right next to the park, making the condos themselves an attractive option for a new graduate of Rutgers. The park represents something that every city needs: vitality. By providing an area where people are encouraged to get out and be active and energetic, New Brunswick is promoting a lifestyle that does nothing but attract new residents.
One of the bad things about New Brunswick is the traffic that accumulates on the exits off of RT-18 and George street. Anybody who’s been on an F or any one of the REX’s can attest to the traffic on Commercial Avenue during rush hour. Cars move at a snails pace as everybody is trying to get to the same place at the same time. While preventing traffic is nearly impossible, I think the narrow nature of the exits does nothing to help. Students run the risk of being on the bus for a prolonged period of time, which does nothing but frustrate him/her. This situation goes from bad to worst when the student is left standing in the middle of overly-crowded bus, which is so often the case during the 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. time slot. George street presents this same problem to commuters. Perhaps the busiest street in New Brunswick, George street is as narrow as the exits coming off RT-18. Packed with cars and citizens, George street is a hassle to traverse for just about anybody.