New Jersey truly is a diverse state. From quiet, quaint suburbs, to large and gritty Industrial Era cities; NJ has some of the greatest variety of sights to see in America. Today, i’d like to take a tour of a few towns. Each of which provide a different type of lifestyle to their residents. Let’s start our tour in Edison, a large sprawl town in Middlesex County.
As a T3 Suburb, Edison has single family homes, sidewalks, as well as a large spaces between the street and house. In addition, the street is also wide enough for on-street parking, as well as being wide enough for cars to pass with ease. As far as walk-ability goes, the town has many quiet side streets where people can walk; However for many people, getting from their houses to say the train station is quite a long walk. This is because Edison is a typical suburban town built around the car.
Now before we move on to a completely different setting i wanted to make a quick stop to another T3 zone; The beautiful village of Ridgewood in Bergen County.
Ridgewood is known by many in Bergen, as the county’s best “Downtown.” It is a very upscale town with expensive boutiques and restaurants, a beautiful pre-war train station, and historic well-kept houses just minutes from the station. It’s truly in my opinion the jewel of Bergen County. Due to its great town center, most residents of Ridgewood spend much of their time shopping, eating and walking around the town. This as opposed to most other nearby towns in Bergen, who mainly all commute by car to Paramus for shopping.
The next town i’d like to talk about is Cliffside Park, located in eastern Bergen County. While it is still a “suburb”, Cliffside is quite a dense town. I would consider it T4 zone, mainly because there is very little space between houses, as well as little space between the street and houses. Similarly, many residents of Cliffside park live a “city lifestyle” as opposed to “a suburban lifestyle.” Most residents live within a 5 minute walk to either Anderson Avenue or Palisade Avenue. Both of which are highly commercialized urban streets that have buses and taxis on a regular basis.
We’ve visited a few very interesting towns; all of which were quite different from each other. The last stop on our tour is also very different from anything we’ve talked about thus far, welcome to Hoboken. Located in the very densely populated Hudson County, Hoboken serves as the model for the recent real estate boom of North Jersey. It was one of the first places in NJ to gentrify, and that in turn has really created one of the most unique street-scapes in the state. The street pictured above, is without a doubt a T5 zone. As we can see, there is absolutely no open space between buildings, nor is there space between the sidewalk and the buildings. As previously mentioned with nearby Cliffside Park, most residents of Hoboken live within walking distance to mass transit stops as well as local commercial streets. In summary, these 4 municipalities just go to show how fantastic the variety of neighborhoods in our state can be.