Is Morristown Becoming 'Hoboken West?'
And, if so, are you OK with that?
A mix. Urban, suburban. Houses and apartments. Downtown and the neighborhood.
Despite a boom in recent years on new businesses, new condos and new opportunities for nightlife, Morristown arguably remains more a suburban town with a heavy urban component than its most oft-cited comparison, Hoboken.
For better or worse, "The Mile Square City" has over the years become one of the top nightlife alternatives to New York City in North Jersey. Despite only being a square mile in size, it's packed with bars, restaurants—and people.
Some, however, have decided to stay closer to home, or have made a conscious decision to move to this area. As this region's top destination for nightlife, some have even begun to (accurately or not) refer to Morristown as "Hoboken West."
But, the distinction is not always made lovingly.
On Wednesday, DeHart Street resident Ravitte Ginsburg spoke before Town Council at an Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission hearing for the Iron Bar liquor license extension. By stating her opposition for its extension into a proposed Mexican restaurant at 9 South St., Ginsburg called on the spectre of The Mile Square City—with its 50,000 residents and thousands upon thousands more that visit there on a daily basis—and all the associated problems therein.
"You will become like Hoboken, I guarantee it," she said. "I like being in an urban area that's also residential. ... It's changing who we are as a town. We need to look at the big picture, not just all the one-offs."
Later, while defending the size of a proposed bar in the future "Gran Cantina," attorney Robert Williams noted, "the younger generation likes to sit at the bar and have food."
Where do you stand on this issue of a changing Morristown? Is Morristown truly becoming "Hoboken West?" And, if so, are you OK with that? Chime in below.