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What Would You Improve in Morristown in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Morristown, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Morristown to make it an even better place to live?

New businesses in town have always been on the top of people's lists for ways to improve Morristown. Whether it's just filling an empty storefront or diversifying the dining options, what would you like to see improve on this front in 2013?

In , after years and years of talks, plans, approvals and then shifts in how the town sees such a project moving forward. Most recently, approval was gained to amend part of Phase IV of the plan, which now paves the way for a CVS Pharmacy to be built on the long-abandoned site of a former used car dealership at Speedwell Avenue and Spring Street.

There certainly is more people are concerned about, and we want hear what you have to say. What is on your Morristown wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comment section below or blog about why you love living here!

Chris Jansen December 26, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I would love to see an Indie-type movie theater on the Green instead of one of the banks.
Barbara Cohen December 26, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Taxis within Morristown are reasonable, but if you go to Morris Township or Morris Plains, it is ridiculously expensive. A reasonable flat rate would be nice.
BiggDogg December 26, 2012 at 06:03 PM
I would love to have lowered property taxes, and upgraded utilities so the power doesn't go out everytime the wind blows.
RB December 26, 2012 at 06:30 PM
I agree! A lounge, a bookstore, or a bowling alley would be fantastic. Or a business like the now closed Eclectic Cafe in Montclair - a place with comfortable seating where people can hang out and local artists can display their work or perform for guests.
becky clark December 26, 2012 at 06:59 PM
So, cab companies aren't suppose to make a living in Morristown? How many $6-$8 drinks do you throw back during your night at the local bars? You're telling me you or the large group of drunks, can't affort to come up with the money to get a safe ride home? How about the poor driver who has to pay for the use of the car for the night, the price of gas or has to clean up his car after a drunk puked or better yet pissed in the car??! How about the owner of the business who has to pay the ridiculous price of insurance in this state & for car repairs? Or how about the poor disbatcher who is called every name in the book, especially on a holiday morning! Do you question the price of a cup of coffee at Starbucks or a steak at Roots? Why do you have to question the price of a safe cab ride? So, enjoy those $8 drinks and know that your cab driver will get you home safe for the peanuts you pay him.
Chris December 26, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Becky: I don't really think the money is an issue. I know what the cab fare is to get me home to Cedar Knolls. It should be around $10 to travel the 2.5 miles. Sometimes its $12, 13 or even 15 and actually, some guy even tried to charge me $25 one time. Must have thought I was some foolish drunk person, but I wasn't having any of that. I think what Ryan was trying to say is that the cabs should be a little more standardized and easier for people to use. Morristown could come up with a marketing plan and say $5 cab rides in town. And then they could standardize the fees for out of town. They could team up with the police and make it into an Anti Drinking/Driving thing. Plus, maybe they can make designated cab pick up points around town, such as the parking lot by Dunkin Donuts. Cabs can sit there and wait for people instead of having to call a dispatcher or having cabs drive around searching for people to pick up. I can only see this as a good money making scheme for the cab companies. Otherwise, the way it is now, people either don't know that Mo-town has cabs, they don't know how much they cost and they think they are going to cost a lot or they don't even know where to get a cab. All these are deterrents to using cab service and people just say, "Ahh, I'm fine. I had a few drinks, but I am ok to drive anyway." Which we know is not good for anyone.
Terry December 26, 2012 at 07:42 PM
That'd be great right next to an indie bookstore!
Chris December 26, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I agree. Traffic is horrible in town. I know that there are a lot of people here and it seems like there are even more cars, but I think the flow of traffic could go MUCH more smoothly. It seems that some of the lights in town are VERY short or traffic lights aren't synced together (one turns green as the next one turns red). Plus, with the light on Spring Street turning on to Morris Street.. its so annoying because the light is so short, it only allows like 3-4 cars to go through before it tuns red. Then you sit there waiting for 3 minutes and only with maybe 1 or 2 cars drive through on Morris Street. Happens every day and that's why there is always a line of cars backed up the whole length of Spring Street.
JPB December 26, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Agree with comments except for Becky. She misses point completely on standard cab fare. In addition to analyzing and improving traffic flow at Market St on Green i would love to have a cop or a camera issuing tix during rush hour at Western and Washington. People constantly block the intersection and act dumb while the rest of Western gets backed up in the a.m. I would also like to see a change to the hours that you can make the right at James St & South. Its ridiculous you have to sit there btween 9-9 pm waiting to turn right during off peak hours.
Diane December 26, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Take away the parking meters! Allow 2 hour parking and have it enforced. We pay enough taxes. Hire some parkinfg enforcers. Madison doesn't have meters.
Barbara Cohen December 26, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Becky, Are you serious? So much hostility and anger. Maybe you need a drink.
Jan Bresnick December 26, 2012 at 09:48 PM
How about improving sewer drainage on Speedwell.
Sam December 26, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I think there should be Community rules posted. On beautiful signage. Rules such as curtesy for pedestrian crossings. Curtesy to people trying to parallel park. No public urinating,, I'm sure we can come up with a bunch. It could be posted in a few places throughout Motown and be called Morristown Manners.
Sam December 26, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Another idea. I grew up in a town were we had a decal for our car that was a # 10. That decal alerted police that we lived in town. A little curtesy for the tax payers. And extended a little curtesy from fellow resident drivers as well. We have a lot of out-of-towners in our county seat (which is a good thing), The residents of Morristown and Township should be visible in a good way!
Cathy December 27, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I think Morristown should designate more residential streets as parking by permit only and issue town wide permits to residents-versus the per street permits they issue now. This will allow town residents to park on mutiple streets within town and force the out of towners into the garages and keep the bar crowd centralized to downtown.
Dr. Rho Buffet December 27, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Courtesy! We need more of it. More stores, and more variety in what they sell.
Martin Gall December 30, 2012 at 12:38 AM
I would like to see the city and county make a sincere attempt to divert traffic from Sussex and Speedwell Avenues away from the center of Morristown, so that drivers west of the city have an alternative to reaching I-287. I don't doubt that this will require funding and difficulties establishing the links, but the rush hour crush through the city is only getting worse.
Martin Gall December 30, 2012 at 12:42 AM
With regard to the Pedestrian crossings between Sussex Turnpike and Spring Street, I completely agree with this suggestion. When traffic is heavy in both lanes (in either direction) it is not always easy for a conscientious driver to see pedestrians enter the crossing if large trucks are in the far right lane for pedestrians coming from the right (and the driver in the middle left lane), or the middle left lanes (for the driver in the far right lane), for pedestrians coming from the left.
Patty G. December 30, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Agreed! Especially local retailers.
Cameron Wallace December 30, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Morristown's "Main St." is technically still South St., but by being just a bit closer to NYC, Ridgedale/Lafayette is the de facto entrance. A sign acknowledging this would be approriate. As would requiring the new developer of the NW corner to keep the mature growth that boarders Lafayette Ave. instead of clearcutting as developers always want to do.
Rebecca P. Feldman December 30, 2012 at 08:00 PM
The Town of Morristown does govern the taxi cab rate within the town limits; the Town Council sets the rate via the Town Code, and it is as follows: CHAPTER IV LICENSING AND BUSINESS REGULATIONS chapter of the Town code 4-26.16 Rates. The rates that may be charged by the owner, operator, or driver of any taxicab shall be: For conveying 1 or 2 passengers from any point in the Town to any other point in the Town: Between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. - $ 8.00 Between the hours of 11:01 p.m. and 4:59 a.m. - $10.00 For each additional passenger - $ 2.00 For any piece of baggage $ .00 Please feel free to contact me, and any members of the Town Council via the Town Clerk's office, or by attending a Town Council meeting and speaking during the Public Portion, on this or any other subject. Meeting dates and agenda can be found at wwww.townofmorristown.org
Cameron Wallace December 30, 2012 at 11:02 PM
curtesy???? I'm in a wheelchair, can't I just tip my hat.....or flutter my ascot?
Cameron Wallace December 31, 2012 at 12:20 AM
besides guys don't curtsey, they bow
John Dunphy December 31, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Ryan T., Chris, etc., see councilwoman Rebecca Feldman's comment at the end of this thread, citing standardized cab fares. If you or anyone you know has experienced anything inconsistent with anything not part of that Town Code, please let me know. I would want to explore this further. Thanks!
Edith Frank December 31, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I would love to redo the entire traffic pattern in the middle of Morristown, if I had millions of dollars. Eliminate traffice around the Green and put it underground. Tlhe area around the Green would then be a pedestrian mall for the use by people instead of cars.
Motown Resident January 02, 2013 at 01:33 PM
Thanks Rebecca................................ Cathy great idea!
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 02, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Fire all the town administrators and clerks, and make the get a job in the private sector. Hire new ones and make them read the constitution and sign a pledge to up hold it.
Edward france January 04, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Take a walk around Westfield, Ridgewood, Princeton, Madison, and a sample of other new jersey towns. You will not see so many banks and bars. Morristown when they are able should make it a point to create a mixed use of zoning for the central business district. It could be done but it would take communication, working together and listening to each other. Can the powers that be perform? They do it other places. Just takes the will and focus.
Chris January 04, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Edward, I must say, that the banks are really only located on the green... and then the two on south street. I think it just seems like there are a lot of banks because they are that highly visible primo location right on the green where the rents are prob the highest... and of course, who are the only business who can afford those high rents? Banks.
lou gallini February 17, 2013 at 12:05 AM
morristown, with all its resturants has no place to get a good breakfast. We need a good dinner like they have in Madison, or a good bagel shop that has a grille like the one in Morris Plains. Also, we need another supermarket instead of over priced kings or dirty shop-rite.

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