Hoboken Block by Block

Photo: Hoboken from the front of City Hall.

The Rutgers Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability (CUES) is collaborating with the Hoboken Mayor's Office to increase environmental sustainability of the city block surrounding Hoboken's City Hall. Hoboken, New Jersey is subject to frequent flooding events due to combined sewer overflows (CSOs), changing climate patterns, and centuries of alterations in the city's natural hydrologic patterns. To increase future resiliency the management of stormwater must be addressed. A pilot demonstration project will retrofit the square block surrounding the historically designated Hoboken City Hall. Based on suggestions and input from Hoboken residents, the Rutgers Department of Landscape Architecture design team will develop Green Infrastructure options for this block. The decision to focus on a square block space was made in collaboration with Mayor Zimmer's office because changes implemented on this scale will be demonstrable and measurable. The expectation is that this approach can be applied in the future on other city blocks, implemented by various local Hoboken groups.