A while back there was a GTC of some highway in Texas with the huge, telescoping commercial signs and someone guessed NJ. I said that when I got the chance I’d take some pictures of an actual highway in NJ. Well, I had to do it for work and thought I’d recycle the pics. It’s Route 33 in Mercer County. The highway runs from Trenton east to Ocean Grove. These pictures are in Hamilton and Washington Townships. Hamilton shares a border with Trenton and Washington is just to the east of that.
To me Route 33 is the quintessential NJ highway because it runs the gamut from 1950’s to 21st Century all in a 5 mile span.
Starting in Hamilton we have an old Main St. community before the road was widened to 4 lanes.
Moving along we have the definitive 90’s development
across the street we have one from the late 70’s
On the other corner we have one from 5 years ago complete with Town Center clock.
A reminder of what used to be
A candidate for Kunstler’s “eyesore of the month” – a cinderblock box tarted up with awnings.
It’s fairly obvious from the signage that the town has been adopting stricter ordinances for signage as the years go on. It’s also obvious that some property owners are taking advantage of their status as existing, non-conforming.
Here’s a beauty from the late 50’s/early 60’s
and the neighborhood behind it . . .
Things peter out for a bit with a few random developments from the late 80’s . . .
. . . and late 90’s
Then we find ourselves, full circle, in Washington Town Center
The first residential component, several thousand units, is finished.
This is entirely TDR, entirely locally driven, and entirely sold-out.
The commercial component is just getting under way. Route 33 will become the new Main St. while the new Route 33 will skirt the edge of town on a new Boulevard.