The View of Highlands future


Rutgers has put together a survey to help gather what people’s preferences are for Highlands rebuilding post-Sandy

Here are some of the pictures:
Bay Ave Now
bay ave future now

Possible future pictures:

bay ave future 2
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Bay Ave Future 2
bay ave future

Possible Water Front Redesign:
highlands future 1

To Take the survey and make your voice heard, click here: http://www.rutgerspostsandysurvey.org/

22 comments

    • I believe this is the same group that volunteered to do some visioning and planning for SB. Their ability to offer up suggestions and blue prints and how to, and Highlands ability to actually follow through on their suggestions are two way separate things.

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  1. So they must have students doing this…. I am very disappointed on lots of levels… I am extremely eco but some of this just won’t solve the problems… a cistern lol and green roofs… its almost as if they started with let’s allow 5 story buildings and then what cute pic will keep some people quiet

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    • BTW the Rutgers connection is the bloustein school of planning. It seems to me to be a great resource but this pic gallery seems bogus. They need to address traffic patterns the location of town hall and a real flood solution. Permeable surface and cisterns will not solve the gushing in the streets. It really looks like a c grade book report with an a grade cad drawing

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  2. oh my god! I almost busted a gut when I read this! If anyone thinks this will ever happen you can rename the town fantasy land!!!! Lol

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  3. Why it maybe a pipe dream, it is sure is a hell of a lot better then the way it currently is. But you people are right, lets say how horrible the idea with any true discussion or any other creative or useful commentary. Lets just continue to be unhappy and trash any positive ideas that someone from “the outside” may have. Typical town talk.

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  4. So if this is such a bad idea, what is your solution? The current plan obviously isn’t working. This town needs change and IMO it needs drastic change.

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    • A vision of the downtown as a real destination place…that would be fantastic! Too bad I have little faith in the town to be able to accomplish this. I wish we could.

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  5. Trying to decide I should be flattered or embarrassed that they used a pix of my house (before it was lifted) for part of the survey.

    Personally, I endorse the idea of the remaking downtown, but I find the pictures looking very void of personality, like Pier Village, which is my least favorite place in all of Monmouth County.

    We’re a fishing village, not the Mall at Short Hills. To create a sustainable downtown it needs to not only look to the future, but reflect our colorful past.

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    • I agree, I would love to see new building and business and new homes. But I would like it to reflect the feel and history of the town. Not look like a pier village.

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    • The town has alot of history and charm top be proud of. People don’t want to come here due what we currently are. There is no reason we can’t go the route of Atlantic Highlands, while adding some new building. We don’t need to look like a generic mall.

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  6. It seems o me that the people who came up with those plans/survey clearly don’t live here. For so many reason. From the Disney like plans for highlands, to the question asking how I feel about a multi family structure…. That a BEACH CLUB.

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  7. I agree with the folks who said the picture looks too much like Pier Village. I went to visit my alma mater a while back and that’s exactly what had happened to the downtown area there. All the independent stores and restaurants had gone, replaced by nondescript chain businesses. I could have been anywhere in the US and it completely lost the feeling of being the unique place I loved. While I’m all for improvements, I’m sure we can do it in a way where the town still feels like Highlands.

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  8. This poll is so biased that one has to laugh. The questions are skewed. I have no problem with anyone running a poll about Sandy, but come on, at least be objective.

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    • None of that greenery or semi-permeable stuff works once a storm surge gets above street level. It’s total nonsense. Are these guys also going to dry out Venice with some semi-permeable sidewalks?

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    • Highlands needs a multi-faceted plan to deal with the water. I agree that this won’t help with the storm surge and that is the ACOE project. We also need to deal with storm water, which is going to be helped by the pipe from Rt. 36 directly to Jones Creek (?). This is where the green space will help also. It’ll keep that storm water from collecting on the streets and maybe Bay Ave will no longer need “No Wake Zone” signs. The third piece of the puzzle is pumping out the water that does collect in town, again helping to keep our streets passable both during rain events and surge events.

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  9. We moved here a year ago and unfortunately we realized very quickly that there are many naysayers residing at Highlands. We came here with the intention of lending some thoughts and help to rebuilding this gem of an area to the best of its potential. I won’t get into the snide comments I received whenever I tried to voice my opinion but it was apparent that many here don’t like change and resent new residents. If you would take a moment to stop the Hatfield/McCoy feuding and open your mind a bit it may benefit ALL the residents of Highlands. If Highlands stays in this sad condition the state will takeover as they do with towns & schools that do not function properly. Then no one will have any say! I see lots of criticism of the help thats offered and the ideas brought forth but I don’t see many of you offering better options. All things change and Sandy has brought change to Highlands. Consider it a chance for improvement and stop whining that Highlands isn’t what it used to be! The little town where I grew up has changed also but life goes on. Lets get with a program already and bring some life back to Highlands. Its depressing here as it is!

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    • @Janet & Nick, I completely agree and there are people trying to bring about change. The stalwarts of the old guard are hard to budge, but as I said over 10 years ago at a town meeting “I might not have been born here, but I’m not going anywhere.” I hope to see you around town or at a council meeting. I’m the one with the laptop streaming the meetings for all to see.

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