Vance respectfully takes issue with Fr. Santora’s letter
Sep 02, 2012 | 2471 views | 4 4 comments | 108 108 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Dear Editor:

Last week’s Reporter had a letter from Fr. Santora castigating the city’s director of transportation and parking for the improvements on Jackson Street. I respectfully take issue.

Yes, traffic is a mess. It is so for many reasons. Among them is that for years traffic engineers have focused on moving cars when they should be focused on moving people.

Now the city is lucky to have Ian Sacs a traffic engineer who understands the big picture and strives to make the streets safe and functional for all of us, those who go about our business in cars, on bicycles and on foot. For his troubles, the local clergy treats him as if he were a heretic.

Before tying him to the stake, Fr. Santora should have taken a look at Complete Streets’ web site, There he would see that Mr. Sacs is not the only one trying to fix the mess our car-centered culture has us in.

At the Jackson/Observer intersection pedestrians are no longer faced with three lanes of onrushing traffic, and crashes are substantially reduced. Meanwhile, traffic counts show the same number of motor vehicles clearing in the same time frame as before.

As for Santora’s statement about the bicycle lane being “dangerous to say the least,” we bicyclists appreciate his concern but find it grossly overstated. I use the lane often and am much more comfortable than before. Those who would be uncomfortable have the option of using the sidewalk.

Mr. Sacs is the one with his feet on the ground as far as I am concerned.

James Vance
Hoboken Sweet Street

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September 04, 2012
Has everyone seen this? I didn't start it but I am surprised it has not become part of the dialog yet.

September 05, 2012
Oh - I can explain that. No one is commenting on it because it's crap.

YOU will have do do a better job of promoting YOUR blog.
September 03, 2012
I am also pleased at the moderate tone Mr. Vance has taken as of late to work with the current

Administration, which is in stark contrast to the highly combative, partisan attacks other members of the now defunct Vote Hoboken - Political Action Committee continue to pursue.
September 03, 2012
I fully agree with Mr. Vance's letter.

Hoboken has repeatedly benifited from the expertise of Director Ian Sacs.