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Re: Jersey City one of unhappiest cities in the US?
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I haven't read the full study yet, so I can't comment extensively on it. However, we should note that the survey data is a bit out of date. The BRFSS was conducted between 2005 and 2009; some of the other studies date back to the 80s and 90s. Parts of JC have changed significantly between 2005 and today.

That said, I'm not totally surprised. After all...
1) We have lots of poor people living in close proximity to some fairly wealthy people

2) The city is in transition, and I'm sure the people who feel like they're getting pushed out are not happy about it

3) Crime is a serious issue in many parts of JC

4) Housing is small, there isn't a lot of green space, and recreational areas are also a bit limited.

The bigger issue is whether the authors are seeing larger patterns in their research which might explain the results, and whether there are big differences in self-reported happiness in JC based on factors like income.

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Re: Jersey City one of worst cities for recreation
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Outside of Dtjc, we have a serious lack of playgrounds and pocket parks for children. For example, there's not a one from JFK to Summit between half way to JSQ and Communipaw (except Lincoln Park). Most kids have nowhere to play remotely close to home. It's a serve "Play Desert" in most of the city. It's awful.

Posted on: Today 19:57
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Re: Jersey City one of unhappiest cities in the US?
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Not too shy to talk
Not too shy to talk


We should start a kickstarter to get Yvonne a tax abatement because council meetings would be 98% shorter

Posted on: Today 19:56
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Re: Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop names new police chief - Philip Zacche
#4
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Not too shy to talk


Yes, The New Police Chief should also be forced to read posts at JCList.com

Posted on: Today 19:54
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Re: Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop names new police chief - Philip Zacche
#5
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So will new chief be required to move to JC? I sure hope so.

Posted on: Today 19:44
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Re: Found someone's Cat-
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Great work! How did you find the owner?

Posted on: Today 19:40
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Re: Jersey City one of unhappiest cities in the US?
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Quote:

Yvonne wrote:
It is not who is happy or unhappy it is the amount of stress in one's life. Traffic, population density, crime and noise adds to that stress. Another is the unfair tax burden especially in Jersey City.


These are all things you're always complaining about in JC. Obviously they stress you out. Maybe for your own health it's time for you to move.


Posted on: Today 19:26
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Re: Where should you live in New Jersey?
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I also got Hoboken. I think it is because Hoboken is more walkable than Jersey City.

City----------Zip-Code-Walk-Score
Hoboken-------07030----95
Union City----07087----94
West New York-07093----93
Jersey City---07305----84


http://www.walkscore.com/NJ/

Posted on: Today 19:15
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Re: News 12 New Jersey reporter defends controversial comments on 'young black men' -- but quits
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I don't think knowing a certain number of black people on a deep level allows you to know what "black people" are like as a race/group. That's racism by definition (racial stereotyping that directly leads to racism). All people are unique. You can't apply a few qualities/ideals of a few black people to an entire race; it doesn't work that way.

I think Pebble makes some great points. This argument/discussion should be about poverty, not about black people. I think that's the biggest problem with what that reporter said.

Posted on: Today 18:27
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Re: Jersey City one of unhappiest cities in the US?
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Not too shy to talk


According to JCList Jersey City is the 11th Ring of Hell. Sell your cars and buy yourselves some ponies.

Posted on: Today 18:06
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Re: Jersey City one of unhappiest cities in the US?
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'Regional income inequality' as a cause of unhappiness? I agree, I'm unhappy I'm not living in Malibu on the beach, or 15 Central Park West. With a jet to take me to my house in Aspen.


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Re: Films in Van Vorst 2014
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Alas the weather gods do not like us this week...we are postponing the Oscar winning documentary 20 feet From Stardom till next Wednesday July 30th at 8:30pm. Strong line of thunderstorms predicted for 9pm tonite...stay safe till next week!

Check out our whole schedule at filmsinvanvorst.com and our fabulous sponsors on our homepage at vvpa.org


Posted on: Today 17:40
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Re: United Water- MUA
#13
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Not too shy to talk


Same here, but get this. They put a lien on my property citing that I didn't pay my bill for over 2 years. Interestingly it was somebody else's bill (and meter #) and I was current with my payments. I had to pay that bill and interest in order to remove the lien. It took them over one year to admit the mistake and refund the money. They never refunded the interest back.

Posted on: Today 17:26
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Re: Jersey City one of unhappiest cities in the US?
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It is not who is happy or unhappy it is the amount of stress in one's life. Traffic, population density, crime and noise adds to that stress. Another is the unfair tax burden especially in Jersey City.

Posted on: Today 17:24
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Re: Where should you live in New Jersey?
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Quote:

WhoElseCouldIBe wrote:
Mine says Benghazi.


LOL!

My results said Hoboken. Close enough

Posted on: Today 17:19
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Re: Where should you live in New Jersey?
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Mine says Benghazi.

Posted on: Today 17:12
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Re: Where should you live in New Jersey?
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If you think jclist is funny, maplewoodonline tops it by about 1,000 percent.


Posted on: Today 17:05
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Re: Where should you live in New Jersey?
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I got Hoboken even though I'd rather live in JC.

Posted on: Today 17:04
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Re: United Water- MUA
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This sounds like a scam.

Posted on: Today 16:56
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Re: For profit donation bins being placed all over JC
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Same here, my friend had one pop up on Jefferson Ave last week, right in the middle of the block. It was in front of an empty lot.
I called the number and it was removed the next day.

Posted on: Today 16:53
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Re: Where should you live in New Jersey?
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Quite a regular


I got Hoboken. Close enough.

Posted on: Today 16:32
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Small propane tank?
#22
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I bought a small grill that used a little propane tank. I decided to return the grill but I don't know what to do with the tank? It was used for about 10 minutes, otherwise it's full. I can't seem to figure out how to properly get rid of it (does anyone want it?).

Posted on: Today 16:25
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Re: For profit donation bins being placed all over JC
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They had some pop up on Ocean ave, we all called the resident respond center, they were removed within a day.

Posted on: Today 16:24
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Re: Did your bike go missing from Grove St PATH on 7/22?
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Quote:

Webmaster wrote:
I am informed that TWO bikes are at the GROVE POINTE management office where the owners can claim them.


Did they give you a description of the two they have? Could save someone a trip down 440.

Posted on: Today 16:23
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Re: For profit donation bins being placed all over JC
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Quote:

dmark526 wrote:
Has anyone noticed all of the clothing donation bins being placed in JC.
Most of the bins I've seen have been placed on vacant properties. I called
the phone number on the box because one was placed on a property that I manage.
I was told that the bins would be removed.

Has anyone else been a victim of this?

When I looked the company up, I found this article.

http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion ... -popping-up-everywhere/p1


I did some sleuthing and the company that owns these bings is called Viltex USA. They have a very basic website, which says they are a "a for profit company that works hand in hand with local non profit organizations and charities for the purposes of providing help and assistance to those in need". Okay, whatever. Here's the website:

http://viltexusa.com/Home_Page.php

They're based in Newark and list two other corporations as the owners.

Anyway, all I can say is, don't drop anything in the bins. Better off going to Salvation Army and Goodwill.

Posted on: Today 16:19
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Re: Did your bike go missing from Grove St PATH on 7/22?
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Quote:

SteveWilson29 wrote:
Who is going to pay for cut locks?


Who do you think?

Posted on: Today 16:17
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Re: Jersey City one of worst cities for recreation
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Quote:

WhoElseCouldIBe wrote:
Quote:

Vigilante wrote:
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tommyc_37 wrote:
Vigilante, wondering why you would think one live music venue is enough?

Hoboken examples aren't that great because Jersey City isn't really on a path to becoming Hoboken. Cover bands play there because that's what the Hoboken bros like to listen to when drinking their Miller Lite.

GP's is a quasi-fancy Italian restaurant, in a family-oriented neighborhood - I appreciate their effort to have live music but who on Earth would go see live music in a place like that?

Regarding frequenting the bars that are here - people absolutely do. The GOOD bars (can count on one hand) are almost always packed. The bad bars (many) are either usually empty (and will fail) or are restaurant-first so they play that card.

I think that's my biggest problem, is that most "bars" in Jersey City are restaurants, that happen to have a bar. A bar like Proletariat http://www.yelp.com/biz/proletariat-new-york , which is literally just a friendly, small, narrow bar, would do very well here, and not attract any "riff raff" that people like you, Vigilante, seem to think "more bars" will attract.

If good bars open here, they will do extremely well. Not all bars create loud, obnoxious, douchey crowds.


A bar is a bar. If you want a bar that serves fancy beer then you'll have a "Sausage Factory" full of nerds. BTW, I was wrong before, I forgot about the new WFMU live music spot. Two is plenty and should be barely sustainable at this point.


If a bar is a bar, why do some bars fail next to others who thrive? Makes no sense, bra.


Because the hipsters don't think it's cool. Hipsters don't want older folks at their hang-outs unless the old folks are "characters" at a dive bar. Also, many people are looking for singles bars, a place to hook up. When people see too many families or couples then they tend to flee in search of the "cool" place. There also seems to be a new population of men who are obsessed with "craft beer". Very few women have interest in that and they have no interest in hanging out and talking about beer. Ultimately Hoboken rules the night on singles bars. They have younger people who are on the make or looking to hook up. Many of them travel there from West Jersey and Staten Island. Basically it's like a Jersey shore town in the bar scene. God help us if DTJC follows that model. And if I see one more post about "great music and beer with a chill vibe!" Ugh.

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Re: Did your bike go missing from Grove St PATH on 7/22?
#28
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Who is going to pay for cut locks?

Posted on: Today 16:06
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Re: Jersey City one of unhappiest cities in the US?
#29
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People from wealthy countries were generally happier than people from poor countries. No surprise there. But they also found that people from poor countries tended to view their lives as more meaningful.

The New Yorker

I personally think poor people or much happier than the rich.

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Re: United Water- MUA
#30
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Hi Mao,

I KNOW how frustrated you are because I have been there with the MUA. Long story short, I bought a condo and the
assn was paying off a $7500 water bill which they never disclosed as an assessment. I was told by the HOA that nobody (small building; smart people)
could successfully negotiate with these people. I gave it a shot.

Here is how it unraveled:

We were underbilled for 5 years. The treasurer didn't know the "price of water" and kept paying the bill, but it was 10% of actual cost. When MUA finally did an audit and realized that we had underpaid, the building was hit with a $7,500 bill.
We were put on a payment plan. By the time I was made aware of this, the amount owed was down to $3500. I called and argued and got nowhere.
Then I looked up case law and found that generally what happens is a lawsuit against them results with the owed amount being split.
I told MUA of my finding and said that we could do it this way or I'd have the Jersey Journal at their door.

The reason we handled it this way is because we actually OWED the money; however, they OWED us a yearly audit and never did one for 5 years and then
slammed us with the bill claiming that we should have known better. They are supposed to be providing a service and THEY should have been properly auditing.

In YOUR case, you don't owe it. I would DEMAND something in writing citing why you owe this money. If they refuse, I would let them know that you are willing to take this to the media. Since you are a lawyer, you can draft it yourself and it will carry weight and not cost you anything. If that doesn't work, you can either make good of the threat or sue them.

I am sure others will join you. I'm sorry you are going through this. I would mention the Fraud Protection Act to them because, although I'm not an attorney, I believe it applies here.

Best of luck!

Posted on: Today 15:53
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