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Re: Considering a move from DT to JSQ or Heights - any tips here?
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vindication15 wrote:
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owlie wrote:
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elonepb wrote:
Hi all,

The GF and I are currently living in DTJC, specifically on Mercer and Barrow (one of my favorite blocks I've ever lived on). We love downtown, love the growth, neighbors, restaurants etc. Now normally this is pretty much meeting all the check marks for purchasing a home, but it feels like that spike has happened way before we were ready and aren't getting a lot of bang for the buck.

Thinking longer term, we are considering purchase a home in the Heights or JSQ area. GF works in the city so the JSQ PATH seems like a better choice, but I'm not very familiar with the neighborhoods, streets, safety, restaurants, etc. I know the Heights has that damn elevator, then light rail, then PATH... seems a bit of a pain. I drive to work so I'm not concerned.

We are willing to take a cut in the neighborhood amenities knowing downtown is the "hot" spot right now, but just want to have an idea of where we might want to look that has the big growth potential while also being a nice place to live, walk the dog, parks (dog park!), walk to eat, jog, etc.

Really appreciate the community's help here!


What makes you think downtown is the ""hot" spot right now"? That is PR and realtor's talking. IMHO , of course.


It's hot because

1) Price per sq ft in DTJC is much higher than in other neighborhoods (Exception being Newport)

2) Most of the new construction in JC has and will still continue to occur in DTJC

3) Most of the new businesses (excluding liquor stores and bail bond stores) in JC are opening in DTJC

4) Most of the press in the mainstream media (ie. NYT) mention DTJC

So for those reasons, I would categorize DTJC as being hot.

Oh I see! You are talking about money! So I guess if you don't live in hot DTJC, your existence isn't as important as the hot people who live there. It must be nice to live in what you consider Nirvana. (I guess I should be jealous?)

Posted on: Today 2:49
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Re: JC School Board Candidates Forum 10/31, 7 pm at Lincoln High School
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I went to the school debate at Ferris HS, Carol Harrison-Arnold lost her control and told someone in the audience "shut-up." I am sorry I did not have my camera.

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Re: Ballots?
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I did not receive my ballot in the mail and it is Friday.

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Re: NewYorkYIMBY.com - Fulup Interview
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JCman24 wrote:
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Yvonne wrote:
There is no excuse for Fulop using language that is inappropriate. You can say the same things without foul language. Just another hothead like Christie, another embarrassment.


It's 2014, Yvonne. It's now acceptable to curse, dance, and for women to wear pants.

I think it is inappropriate that any public figure use language like that. Foul language is another form of bullying. Cursing has been around for a lot time but so have manners. Ironically, if anyone said that at a council meeting they would have been escorted from city hall by the police.

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Re: Considering a move from DT to JSQ or Heights - any tips here?
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owlie wrote:
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elonepb wrote:
Hi all,

The GF and I are currently living in DTJC, specifically on Mercer and Barrow (one of my favorite blocks I've ever lived on). We love downtown, love the growth, neighbors, restaurants etc. Now normally this is pretty much meeting all the check marks for purchasing a home, but it feels like that spike has happened way before we were ready and aren't getting a lot of bang for the buck.

Thinking longer term, we are considering purchase a home in the Heights or JSQ area. GF works in the city so the JSQ PATH seems like a better choice, but I'm not very familiar with the neighborhoods, streets, safety, restaurants, etc. I know the Heights has that damn elevator, then light rail, then PATH... seems a bit of a pain. I drive to work so I'm not concerned.

We are willing to take a cut in the neighborhood amenities knowing downtown is the "hot" spot right now, but just want to have an idea of where we might want to look that has the big growth potential while also being a nice place to live, walk the dog, parks (dog park!), walk to eat, jog, etc.

Really appreciate the community's help here!


What makes you think downtown is the ""hot" spot right now"? That is PR and realtor's talking. IMHO , of course.


It's hot because

1) Price per sq ft in DTJC is much higher than in other neighborhoods (Exception being Newport)

2) Most of the new construction in JC has and will still continue to occur in DTJC

3) Most of the new businesses (excluding liquor stores and bail bond stores) in JC are opening in DTJC

4) Most of the press in the mainstream media (ie. NYT) mention DTJC

So for those reasons, I would categorize DTJC as being hot.

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Re: BC Tattoo - CLOSED
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I'm not surprised. I walked in there once and an artist showed me their book and I walked right out. I hope his drawing has improved since then.

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Re: Shoe Repair/Shoe Shine Place?
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If anyone has the phone number for the place on Jersey please post it!

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Re: Free Daffodils for JC residents from the Jersey City Parks Coalition-Big Dig 2014
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gutloo wrote:
Hello Parkman,

Thank you very much for this detailed information. Appreciate it. Decided against planting next to the tree. On the hunt for good affordable planters and maybe a deep pot too.

Thank you for the free bulbs.

Gutloo
This weekend, the Jersey City Parks Coalition will giving away the balance of their 91,500 daffodil bubs that were purchased for this year’s Big Dig. We have provided for free, over 80,000 to residents of Jersey City who have a planting area that is visible to the public.

Tomorrow, rain or shine, I will have bulbs available at the Van Vorst Park Farmers’ Market from 11am-1pm. You may have up to 50 high quality bulbs if you sign a pledge to plant them before Nov. 5th, have a location that the public may see, and that you are a Jersey City resident.

Come out and help us raise our total of planted bulbs in all the wards of JC to 230,000 over the last 4 years. If you can’t make it to VVP tomorrow, the Lincoln Park Farmers’ Market will also have bulbs on Sunday (11/2/14).

parkman

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Re: NewYorkYIMBY.com - Fulup Interview
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Yvonne wrote:
There is no excuse for Fulop using language that is inappropriate. You can say the same things without foul language. Just another hothead like Christie, another embarrassment.


It's 2014, Yvonne. It's now acceptable to curse, dance, and for women to wear pants.

Posted on: Yesterday 23:26
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Re: Brown Water Downtown
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The upside is that with all the bleach in the water, my laundry is much brighter and my mother isn't complaining about me wearing black clothes anymore.

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Re: Considering a move from DT to JSQ or Heights - any tips here?
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elonepb wrote:
Hi all,

The GF and I are currently living in DTJC, specifically on Mercer and Barrow (one of my favorite blocks I've ever lived on). We love downtown, love the growth, neighbors, restaurants etc. Now normally this is pretty much meeting all the check marks for purchasing a home, but it feels like that spike has happened way before we were ready and aren't getting a lot of bang for the buck.

Thinking longer term, we are considering purchase a home in the Heights or JSQ area. GF works in the city so the JSQ PATH seems like a better choice, but I'm not very familiar with the neighborhoods, streets, safety, restaurants, etc. I know the Heights has that damn elevator, then light rail, then PATH... seems a bit of a pain. I drive to work so I'm not concerned.

We are willing to take a cut in the neighborhood amenities knowing downtown is the "hot" spot right now, but just want to have an idea of where we might want to look that has the big growth potential while also being a nice place to live, walk the dog, parks (dog park!), walk to eat, jog, etc.

Really appreciate the community's help here!


What makes you think downtown is the ""hot" spot right now"? That is PR and realtor's talking. IMHO , of course.

Posted on: Yesterday 22:40
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Re: CDC confirms first Ebola case diagnosed in US
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Hickox herself may have executed thousands of West Africa by asserting her personal liberties.

Quarantines might discourage health workers travelling - but on the flip side - legal challenges like Hickox's - may have just lost millions of private aid to West Africa - given the political spin. Her message and actions were stupid and selfish.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unintended_consequences


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Re: Jersey City eyes $2 billion coastal defense plan to prevent catastrophic flooding
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Yvonne wrote:
Consider that just a few centuries ago our shoreline went right up to the Palisades. Over time we filled the downtown in and out to the present shoreline. Manhattan has been moving westward at the same time and as a result of more superstorms Jersey City and Manhattan will meet and eliminate the need for PATH and the ferries. Happening now as we speak.



This is happening now as we speak?!!! Tomorrow morning, if the weather cooperates, I think I'll go downtown and go to the shoreline to watch it happening. I'm excited. However, I have a feeling you might be confusing the lava situation in Hawaii with what 's "happening now" in NY/NJ?

Posted on: Yesterday 22:31
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Re: Considering a move from DT to JSQ or Heights - any tips here?
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RUinHamiltonPark wrote:
20 minutes from 100 steps to Hoboken PATH? Maybe if you are running.


I've done this walk too many times and it took me 20 minutes. I find google maps estimates to be conservative, and they estimate it to be 22 mibutes from Ogden to Hoboken Path.

Posted on: Yesterday 21:51
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Re: Considering a move from DT to JSQ or Heights - any tips here?
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RUinHamiltonPark wrote:
20 minutes from 100 steps to Hoboken PATH? Maybe if you are running. The Heights doesn't have the 24/7 transportation that JSQ or DTJC have.

Also I agree DTJC isn't fully gentrified, there are plenty of sad looking blocks especially west of Jersey, the whole area by Pathmark still waits, there's new buildings by the tunnel and Powerhouse but still plenty of vacancies as well.

i can do congress/palisade to hoboken path in 25 minutes without rushing and i consider sort of slow walker but i do like to walk

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Re: BC Tattoo - CLOSED
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Not to mention the "Moving to (...) Broadway, Bayonne" sign in the window...

Posted on: Yesterday 21:20
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Re: NewYorkYIMBY.com - Fulup Interview
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Yvonne wrote:
There is no excuse for Fulop using language that is inappropriate. You can say the same things without foul language. Just another hothead like Christie, another embarrassment.


No shit?

Interesting that the younger generation find these words more acceptable that older folks. In NZ for example - Jesus, God, and Jesus Christ are considered worse than shit. A word like Wanker in NZ and England is extremely offensive - but in the US is considered "quaint" - watch the Simpsons - or read the player name on the shirt on the EPL adverts for example.

http://www.ofcom.org.uk/static/archiv ... ads/Delete_Expletives.pdf

http://bsa.govt.nz/images/assets/Rese ... to-Swear-Full-BSA2010.pdf

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In general, the order of the words found to be the most offensive to the least offensive remain largely the same as found in 2005 and in 1999. However, six of the eight words added in 2009 ranked among the top twelve most unacceptable words (the exceptions being Jesus and Piss off).

For 14 of the 23 words included in both the 2005 and 2009 surveys, there has been a statistically significant decrease in the proportion who find these words unacceptable in the scenario in question. A similar trend existed between the 1999 and 2005 surveys (12 of 23 words experienced a significant decrease).

These 14 words are: Fuck, Whore, Arsehole, Jesus Christ, Prick, Bitch, Bastard,Shit, Balls, Bullshit, Crap, Bollocks, Bloody, and Bugger.

This indicates a continuing trend of softening of attitudes to the use of certain swear words in broadcasting, particularly to those words that are less contentious. The most obvious exception to this trend is attitudes to the word Cunt; this word remains unacceptable to a large majority of New Zealanders (74%).



I blame modern parents and teachers - who don't use castor oil, soap on the tongue, and the lash as they did in your day.

Me? Last thing I'd want to do is piss off New Zealanders reading this forum ;)

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Re: NewYorkYIMBY.com - Fulup Interview
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The PATH is shitty? No kidding. It's embarrassingly shitty.

Posted on: Yesterday 20:50
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Re: BC Tattoo - CLOSED
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by JCman24

Hate to bust everyone's gluttony bubble, but it looks like they just moved the furniture/equipment out of the front rooms to do some light remodeling.


How does that explain the "for rent" sign in the window?

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Re: BC Tattoo - CLOSED
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Hate to bust everyone's gluttony bubble, but it looks like they just moved the furniture/equipment out of the front rooms to do some light remodeling.

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Re: Considering a move from DT to JSQ or Heights - any tips here?
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Time4JC wrote:
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brewster wrote:
Yeah, V has no idea what he's talking about with relative appreciations. Gentrification's like when you start a sport or game, you can increase your score tremendously at first, but then you hit a long tail where gain comes much slower. A partially gentrified area has more growth potential than a fully gentrified, in part exactly because it also has risk of loss or poor growth potential. Lafayette and lovely nearby areas like Astor and Monticello and has been breaking investors for decades now with stubborn refusal to get over the hump. I'm sure it's day will come, but that's why the gentrifying game is speculation.

Is the Height's "over the hump" yet? I'm hoping, but my 2004 purchase has not yet definitely risen past purchase price. But "buy and hold" rental investing actually works without appreciation. I calculate over a 9% return on cash for a property that flows no cash with 25% down on a 15 year note. And that's not accounting for depreciation and interest deductions, and rising rents over that time.


Brewster, I'm curious. Do your calculations factor in all costs such as NJ's enormous property taxes and maintenance?


Yes. As I said, it's based on neutral cashflow model, in which the building pays it's bills but no more. a 4x return (owning 100% after 15 years) is 9.4% (compounding monthly). That's ignoring the fact that the dollars paid at the end of the mortgage are worth less, and rents always go up, even if values stagnate.

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Re: The Merchant - closing?
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Great place with wonderful people running the restaurant
Dave and Anne Marie.

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Hudson County Community College to Hold Open House November 1st
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Re: BC Tattoo - CLOSED
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FKSJC wrote:
Perhaps an organic, artisanal birdseed store would do well there? Forget that- maybe "we" can persuade Trader Joe's or Whole Foods to go into the bodega business :)


Why not something that doesn't appeal to such a small demographic, like a Chipotle. I wish Chipotle would go into the franchising business so I could open own in DTJC and make a killing.

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Re: NewYorkYIMBY.com - Fulup Interview
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There is no excuse for Fulop using language that is inappropriate. You can say the same things without foul language. Just another hothead like Christie, another embarrassment.

Posted on: Yesterday 17:45
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Re: Halloween 2014... What's happening where?
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It ceases to be a flash mob when you announce it ahead of time. Duh.

Posted on: Yesterday 16:43
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Re: NewYorkYIMBY.com - Fulup Interview
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Goldman Sachs wants another building, when they can't fix the one they have??

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Re: Shoe Repair/Shoe Shine Place?
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oh awesome. thank you. didn't even notice.

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Re: BC Tattoo - CLOSED
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There is gonna be tons of seniors with wrinkled tattoos when I retire in about 25-30 years. Imagine that.

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NewYorkYIMBY.com - Fulup Interview
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In case peeps don't read this website (which follows real estate development news in the New York City Metro Area, see the below interview with Fulup.

http://newyorkyimby.com/2014/10/inter ... y-citys-steven-fulop.html

Interview with the Mayor: Jersey City’s Steven Fulop
BY: NIKOLAI FEDAK ON OCTOBER 31ST 2014 AT 3:30 PM

What do you think of the Port Authority’s capital plans and is the PATH extension to Newark Liberty International Airport worthwhile in light of crowding on the existing line?

I think the Port Authority runs a sh*tty service, and generally speaking, it’s a dysfunctional entity. The single-seat ride connecting Jersey City to Newark Liberty is important, and it will make Jersey City one of the few cities in this country with a single-seat ride, and that would be money well-spent. It’s in the capital plan right now, I don’t think it’s funded yet, but it’s important that it does get funded, and it’s important that we expand the number of cars in each train as well.

On that note, what about the aborted effort to link the 6 train to the PATH under the World Trade Center — was that a missed opportunity for Jersey City?

If the Port Authority was proactive at all, they would be thinking about linking the PATH with the ferry service, light rail, and New York City’s subway system; linkage with the New York subway system is the key component.

So how do we do that?

Well, how do you effect change? We need change of leadership at the Port Authority, number one. We need change in governance practices at the state assembly, and they are going through those right now. I think we need a culture shift — we have a culture of entitlement. And some of the rules for a supposedly bipartisan agency work in theory, but they do not work in practice.

Do you think there’s a bigger push for change on the Jersey side?

Yes. I think there’s a bigger push in Jersey because of the current state of politics, and awareness surrounding the dysfunction of the Port Authority. I think it’s not on New York’s radar screen — and that’s not right or wrong, but they don’t have the same sense of urgency that New Jersey does.

What would be a bigger priority — extending the 7 train to Secaucus, or integrating the existing PATH system with the NYC subway?

I think we are going to need to establish new capabilities; linking them is an easy thing, but we need to invest dollars into new infrastructure. The ARC tunnel was important, but Christie killed that.
Jersey City builds four housing units per 1,000 residents each year, while NYC only builds 2.5.

How can NYC emulate Jersey City’s success when it comes to new construction?

We’ve been very proactive in attracting investment. Jersey City has an incentive program that makes sense, and it shifts investment towards the inner parts of the city. The price-point that we’re at relative to Manhattan — there are obstacles there relative to livability, and I think the structure is very difficult. We’ve tried our best to make the building department friendly, not just personally friendly, but from the standpoint of timeliness and efficiency. I think zoning flexibility — and the ability to adapt — are hugely important. Jersey City has shown that there is room for growth, and flexibility is key.

How many units are under construction in Jersey City right now?

Six thousand are under construction, and we have 12,000 coming in the next two years.

I know there was discussion regarding a new casino project; it’s going to be 100 stories tall?

Ninety-five. We need a legislative change next year for gaming in northern New Jersey, but we’re already building 70-story towers, so getting to 95 floors is not a big deal.

Would you like to push Jersey City’s skyline above Manhattan’s one day?

I don’t think that we’re even in that conversation yet. New York City’s skyline is the best in the world, and I think that we have an impressive skyline by comparable city sizes — we just happen to be next to the best in the world. It’s tough to compete.

Well it’s a collective skyline — it doesn’t end on one side of the harbor.

When you come into the turnpike, New York City and the Jersey City skylines merge together — you can’t tell the difference. And on the harbor, seeing substantial development on all sides — it’s a good thing.

Journal Square and Urban Ready Living are the two largest projects underway now, correct? Are there any similar developments in the pipeline?

The Trump building is going to be a similar size; Goldman Sachs came in regarding a new tower next to their existing building on the waterfront, and we’re just starting to talk about that.

Is it going to be office?

It’s unclear, but they’ve shown an interest. Behind that building is a lot owned by China Construction, and that could be a building of a comparable size, we’re talking 50 stories. So yes, there’s a lot in the pipeline.

Journal Square is also emerging as another neighborhood where we’re seeing a lot of construction. I think people have been hesitant to build in Journal Square because they don’t see the potential, but the infrastructure is clearly there.

So what do you see happening there over the next decade?

Steel is coming out of the ground for the first Journal Squared tower. In ten years it will be the heart of the city again.

Even compared to downtown Jersey City?

Yes. Because you have the Loew’s Theatre — it’s a 3,000 seat theater – and there are 12 other projects in the pipeline. You have transportation access, a bus terminal, and eventually Journal Square will once again become the heart of the city.

How do you get people to build in Journal Square, because right now it seems like developers are reluctant to push forward?

The abatement program is skewed towards Journal Square, actually, and that’s an incentive program of tax abatements; as you move farther away from the waterfront, developers receive larger incentives to build.

Are you happy with the current pace of new construction?

It’s tremendous, we just need to make sure we match what’s coming down the pipeline in terms of infrastructure. Schools, sewers, transportation.

But in terms of transit, you’re taking advantage of existing infrastructure, yes?

Yes, but the more we market the city and the more we grow, the more transit we will need. We’re trying to find dollars from the private sector to create additional light rail stops. I think relative to historic opportunities, we’re doing a great job.

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