What Should be Built on American Legion Drive?

High-rise apartments? Senior housing? Share your views in the comments.

Editor's Note: First published Oct. 10

Once home to a Dale and Thomas Popcorn retail store, a section of American Legion Drive has been vacant for years.

The American Legion Drive-area was floated as a possible site for senior citizen housing during the township council race, while some have called for more apartments in Teaneck’s business areas.

One area, near Water Street, is empty while the other holds the abandoned popcorn store.

What do you think should be built on American Legion Drive? Senior citizen housing? Luxury apartments? Retail? A park?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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zizi October 18, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Keith: It does matter...... It matters to students that will get in schools they will not otherwise.... it matters because our students deserves a fair shot at the American dream...... I agree that we need to change the system but that is a noble goal for the state or for the federal government..... Teaneck can do very little if any... what we can do and should do is to do what others do well.... send our kids to great colleges and with scholarships..... We need to worry about what is in our control and is doable.... Our kids deserve a school system that can prepare them well and can get them INTO great colleges so they can do well after they get in.......... but they need to get IN first...... that should be the goal of our school system.... by hook or by crook... by any means necessary... We are near the top of the list for money spent/student in the state of NJ and it is time for us to be near the top of the list in terms of results..... that is not too much to ask for... is it?
Keith Kaplan October 18, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I disagree with your premise, so I see no reason to detail the rest of my problems with your line of reasoning. You think that gaming the current system so they get higher scores, and consequently, higher ratings which get them into better schools will be BETTER for them overall. I think that a better education will be better for US overall. They are different goals (but they don't HAVE to be). "but they need to get IN first...... that should be the goal of our school system.... by hook or by crook" We currently spend way too much energy sending kids to college that should have other options open to them. It's a cost / benefit issue and college doesn't benefit everyone enough to be worth the cost. Read Peter Theil's issue on why the education crisis is going to make the housing bubble look tame. http://techcrunch.com/2011/04/10/peter-thiel-were-in-a-bubble-and-its-not-the-internet-its-higher-education/ I'll tell you one thing though - I read a TON of material and listen to all kinds of experts. I'm not saying that you don't (I don't know you at all). But, unless you tell me that you're actually looking at the material I've mentioned (especially Lockhart and Wolfram above), it's just you say I'm wrong over and over and I have better things that I could be doing with my time.
zizi October 18, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Keith: With all due respect..... We have to agree to disagree...... on this one... You go on trying to do what should be done at a much higher level than on the township level... meanwhile.... our kids will suffer..... I think we need to live in the world we live in and obviously you think we should live in an ideal world.... Our priorities are different..... our goals are different... and our interests are different......
Keith Kaplan October 18, 2012 at 06:32 PM
The difference of course is that your goal is for them to have higher grades and mine is for them to have a better education. One will help them get into colleges, but the other will help them advance in their careers. Which one do you think is more beneficial? FYI - can't we just give everyone an A and call it a better education?
zizi October 19, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Keith: I don't want anyone to give the students good grades..... I want them to earn their grades and earn very high scores on college entrance exams (obviously not controlled by the teachers). This is not possible until we make our teachers responsible for preparing the students. The economic incentives can work magic..... since the results are not up to someone's judgement..... the results will show who is preparing the students to succeed within the current system.... and who is not..... you can say that I don't want them to get a good education because I want teachers to concentrate on test scores... but unless we change the rules...we should play by them..... I agree with you that we should change the system... it is just that I want the best for our students in the meantime... this is where we disagree..... I do agree with you that our educational systems needs fundamental changes so we can as a nation better prepare our next generations but until that new system is in place we need to play by the book and ensure that our current students do benefit from the resources available to them. I want all kids to succeed if they work hard and play by the book (as the book is currently written and not as it should be).


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