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Re: Confederate Flag added to Liberty State Park
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Please... you have been desperate to be relevant for the past two weeks. We already explained to you that the flags on display are not confederate battle flags but all the state flags of the Union.

Because YOU are offended, the equitable solution is to take down all the state flags and leave the empty flag poles. That will also placate anyone else that takes offense to any other symbolism reflected in the other state flags.

Then can we all be happy?




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What - no Trump Flag waving?

Even on Fox News, normally a redoubt of Trump support, with the anchor Guy Benson saying that Mr. Trump “lost me” when he insisted that some “very fine people” participated in the white supremacist rally.

“They were chanting things like, ‘Jews will not replace us,’” Mr. Benson said. “There’s nothing good about that.”

Posted on: 8/16 9:16
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Re: Confederate Flag added to Liberty State Park
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What - no Trump Flag waving?

Even on Fox News, normally a redoubt of Trump support, with the anchor Guy Benson saying that Mr. Trump “lost me” when he insisted that some “very fine people” participated in the white supremacist rally.

“They were chanting things like, ‘Jews will not replace us,’” Mr. Benson said. “There’s nothing good about that.”

Posted on: 8/16 8:47
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Re: Confederate Flag added to Liberty State Park
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Seems like a good time to change out these confederate flags for ones with just the offending states name.


This may be off topic and it might be quite boring, but can we talk about ferry service to Brooklyn or maybe someone can post an article about how NYC emerged as the economic powerhouse?

Posted on: 8/16 8:43
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Re: Confederate Flag added to Liberty State Park
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Seems like a good time to change out these confederate flags for ones with just the offending states name.

Posted on: 8/16 8:20
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McGinley Square Rape - Sunday Morning - Thru Fire Escape
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By Caitlin Mota
The Jersey Journal

JERSEY CITY -- A woman was raped at knifepoint inside a McGinley Square apartment on Sunday morning, police sources say.

The Hudson County Prosecutor's Office confirmed that an aggravated sexual assault occurred at about 6 a.m. on Fairmont Avenue.

Sources with knowledge of the investigation tell The Jersey Journal the man climbed up a fire escape, held a knife to the woman, and then raped her. After the assault, the suspect fled out the window leaving behind a jacket in the victim's apartment, sources said.

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Posted on: 8/15 17:59
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JC Fridays: Friday, Sept 8th
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JC FRIDAYS IS BACK FOR FALL

Taking Place on Friday, September 8, 2017
A City-Wide, All-Day Celebration of Art and Culture in Jersey City

(Jersey City, NJ; Aug 8, 2017)— Fall is on its way, and Art House’s JC Fridays will kick off the season with 32 exciting visual and performing arts events! Come out and celebrate with this city-wide festival on Friday, September 8, 2017. Restaurants, galleries, stores, and event spaces throughout Jersey City will showcase a variety of art-related happenings including visual exhibitions, live music, performance acts, educational demonstrations, and more. All events are free and open to the public. As one of the preeminent art scenes in the tri-state area, Jersey City is abound with artists of all types, musicians, and individuals with unique talent; JC Fridays is one of the best times for them to share their newest projects and works. Held quarterly, thousands of residents pour out to experience these artists’ latest works and to revel in the joy art brings to the community.

Some highlights include (a complete list of events follows):

• ART— “New Jersey & You - Perfect Together!” A group show of painting, photography, and sculpture that celebrates the beauty, industry, and off-beat character of the state of New Jersey. $1 donation to Art House for every person who signs our guest book ($5 donation if you also check in at Casa Colombo) with the JERSEY CITY ARTS COUNCIL AT VILLAGE WEST GALLERY.

• EDUCATIONAL— “Tiny Artists.” Hazel Baby & Kids invites accompanied children between the ages of 3 and 5 to create their own collages in another edition of our “Tiny Artists” workshop. The pieces will be displayed in our window for evening viewing. Drop in any time during the event hours at HAZEL BABY & KIDS.

• FILM/VIDEO— “The Base 12 Project.” PRIME Gallery is excited to present The Base 12 Project by Apostrophe NYC, a group exhibition featuring works from their pop-up collection with PRIME GALLERY X APROSTROPHE NYC.

• MUSIC— “Music at Whealth.” Drop into Whealth for an evening of live musical performances! Take a step into the new Whealth Cafe and enjoy a nice meal while you're there! Seating begins at 7:00PM and 8:30PM at Whealth’s Journal Squared Café.

• PERFORMANCE— “New Waves.” Fiber optic light-embedded forms respond to music in hypnotic, undulating light displays (featuring some original electronic music by husband Robert Gourley). Videos are projection-mapped onto three-dimensional surfaces, which the audience is invited to interact with in surprising ways with JANET JEUN-GOURLEY (SPANGLE POP).


JC FRIDAYS LISTINGS

September 8, 2017

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF JC FRIDAYS EVENTS VISIT www.jcfridays.com

Sponsors:
- Destination Jersey City
- The Jersey City Reporter
- Jersey City Magazine
- Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Jersey City Municipal Council & Cultural Affairs
- Jersey City Department of Housing, Economic Development, and Commerce
- Historic Downtown SID
- PATH

Made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, and by the County of Hudson, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive, and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Supporters: Jersey City Arts Council

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Re: Jersey Citu Chinese food
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Thanks. I'll check those places out. I will drive, also known as make my husband drive while I sit in the car, to get real chinese food.


From someone who is often performing the role of driver/chauffeur: thumbs up for the self-deprecating humor.

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Re: Car service to BK
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Off topic - but Jersey City needs a ferry to go back and forth to Brooklyn.


There are SO MANY other things that are so much more critical to JC residents:
- decent, smooth roads
- better trash management (have you seen our streets?)
- less loitering and improved QoL standards in various neighborhoods
- better policing and enforcement of existing traffic laws and regulations

A ferry to Brooklyn is so NOT a priority. Most average person can't even afford the ferries to Manhattan, so what makes you think that a ferry Brooklyn is such a pressing need?

Posted on: 8/15 9:17
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Re: Over 30 Soccer Team needs All Star Players
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Last call.. season starts weekend after labor day, thanks everyone.

Posted on: 8/14 15:08
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Re: Car service to BK
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Off topic - but Jersey City needs a ferry to go back and forth to Brooklyn.

Posted on: 8/14 15:00
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Re: Car service to BK
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And for a wedding you want something a bit more reliable and fancy.

https://goo.gl/bim6C8


thank you for understanding that we don't want the trouble of setting up uber rides for a bunch of iphone-illiterate parents while we're busy doing other things :)

will look into your suggestion, thank you!

Posted on: 8/14 14:35
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Re: Jersey Citu Chinese food
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Thanks. I'll check those places out. I will drive, also known as make my husband drive while I sit in the car, to get real chinese food.

Posted on: 8/14 13:13
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Re: Jersey Citu Chinese food
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I was really disappointed in their "Food Court." It was greasy and unpleasant. Threw most of it out.


So, you tried and threw out all of it, the dim sum, the rice and noodle shop, the ramen shop, the bakery?

Or are you really meaning just the steam table? I would agree it's the weakest part for western palates like mine. But I've seen similar in other places like the late 555 and the Asian Market that cater to Chinese not American expectations.

Posted on: 8/14 11:42
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Re: Jersey City 2017 Mayor’s Race
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Yun foots the bill to keep his office open and readily accessible to his constituents - he gets props for that.

Don't think Kinberg is gonna fare so well in this election, perhaps she can move back to Ohio.

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Kinberg, 37, called Yun a hypocrite, noting that the councilman provides constituent services out of a Central Avenue office that doubles as his campaign headquarters.

"That's very questionable," she said.







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Jersey City pulls political promotion of Fulop ally off city website

Jersey City pulled an item off the city website yesterday that promoted a political meet-and-greet intended to boost the chances of one of Mayor Steve Fulop's council candidates.

The event was listed on the taxpayer-funded cultural affairs calendar as a community barbecue hosted from noon to six today by Mo Kinberg (the calendar entry spelled her name "Kingsberg").

On her Facebook page, Kinberg, who with Fulop's support is seeking to unseat Ward D Councilman Michael Yun in November, promoted the event as a meet-and-greet alongside ads for her candidacy and Fulop's.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... omotion_of_fulop_all.html



Mo's *Hypocracy* statement about Yun is Soo Stupid & Lame that it makes me glad to live elsewhere, where I don't have to suffer this foolishness in a community activist or Ward candidate !!!

The Ultimate Idiocy however is Jennifer Morrill's, as she is Jersey City's WebMaster, therefore blaming herself.

Posted on: 8/14 11:37
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Re: Shooting on Newark Av
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http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... er_shooting_reported.html

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The car had a flat tire and numerous dents. Two bullet holes in the windshield were also visible.

Meanwhile, nearby on Tonnelle Avenue, two cars were stopped on the road, which was also littered with debris, possibly from a crash or from a bullet striking a vehicle. Police found bullet casings and placed about a dozen evidence markers on the street near the two cars. One evidence marker was placed on a vehicle.

Amit Patel, who was working in a nearby laundromat, said he heard three or four shots fired outside his business.


Man is shot on Broadway in Jersey City, police say

August 14, 2017 at 8:35 AM

A man was shot in Jersey City early Friday, but he was uncooperative with police investigating the shooting.

By Ron Zeitlinger
The Jersey Journal

A 24-year-old man was shot early Friday on Broadway in Jersey City, a city spokeswoman said.

The man's injuries were not considered life-threatening, city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said, who noted that the shooting occurred just before 5 a.m.

The victim, who Morrill said was uncooperative with police, was treated at the RJWBarnabas' Jersey City Medical Center.

Posted on: 8/14 11:23
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Re: Car service to BK
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If you want a call-ahead black car service as opposed to a Cab or a Lyft/Uber, I find Groundlink to be pretty competitive when you reserve from NYC to Jersey City or vice versa. An SUV will run you about $77 plus tip, tolls, etc. I am guessing you will come out to about $100.00. But remember that Uber/Lyft also tacks on a $20 fee if you cross the river so it wont be much cheaper. And for a wedding you want something a bit more reliable and fancy.

I do have a promo code below that should get both you and me $25.00 off. If the link doesn't work pm me and I can email it to you.

https://goo.gl/bim6C8

Posted on: 8/14 10:49
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Re: Shooting on Newark Av
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There are double standards on this site. If I were to comment on someone's size, I would be blocked and my comment would be removed. You attack the issue and not the person. Double standards are acceptable here if I am being attacked. Absolutely, I think when someone plays that game, they are Godless and that person lacks a moral center.

Posted on: 8/14 10:20
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Re: Shooting on Newark Av
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Yvonne wrote:
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dr_nick_riviera wrote:
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Yvonne wrote:
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JCman24 wrote:
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Yvonne wrote:
Neither were you the one stuck in traffic for over a hour with alternative roads block off. Our roads are not like NYC, they are basically narrow. The problem is- nicky, you are nothing but a snowflake and cannot handle the truth. No citizen should be stuck in traffic without alternative roads available.


It is astounding how selfish you are.

Also, read a book. Your grammar is terrible.


Look, terrible things happen, but if a road was blocked in NYC there would have been alternative roads. That is not the case in JC. So yes, I did bring up the city's plans to narrow the lanes for bikes because it will only bring more congestion to this city. Even the turnpike and parkway allow for movement of traffic when there is an incident. The truth as they say will bring freedom. Do not be afraid of the truth.


Well I guess we know in advance that the fat slob Yvonne will probably fight against the Grand St. redesign with her lies. I wonder if she's ordered the VVPA to officially oppose it yet.


And the world knows your parents were a failure at raising a young man with no manners. Thank God, we are not related, I would be embarrassed by your Godless behavior.


It takes some nerve to call someone Godless when not more than a handful of posts up you were CERTAINLY not loving your neighbor.

Posted on: 8/14 10:02
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Re: Jersey City 2017 Mayor’s Race
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Yun foots the bill to keep his office open and readily accessible to his constituents - he gets props for that.

Don't think Kinberg is gonna fare so well in this election, perhaps she can move back to Ohio.

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Kinberg, 37, called Yun a hypocrite, noting that the councilman provides constituent services out of a Central Avenue office that doubles as his campaign headquarters.

"That's very questionable," she said.







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Stringer wrote:

Jersey City pulls political promotion of Fulop ally off city website

Jersey City pulled an item off the city website yesterday that promoted a political meet-and-greet intended to boost the chances of one of Mayor Steve Fulop's council candidates.

The event was listed on the taxpayer-funded cultural affairs calendar as a community barbecue hosted from noon to six today by Mo Kinberg (the calendar entry spelled her name "Kingsberg").

On her Facebook page, Kinberg, who with Fulop's support is seeking to unseat Ward D Councilman Michael Yun in November, promoted the event as a meet-and-greet alongside ads for her candidacy and Fulop's.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... omotion_of_fulop_all.html


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Re: Why Jersey City Missed Out On Being the Big Apple
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a hypothesis based on one data point is bunk. Besides, most historians point to the construction of the Erie Canal as the inflection point of NYC really taking off relative to its East Coast rivals. Highfalutin ideas are flimsy compared to the Hard Cash of Commerce.

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Re: Jersey Citu Chinese food
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I was really disappointed in their "Food Court." It was greasy and unpleasant. Threw most of it out.

Posted on: 8/13 19:04
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Re: Shooting on Newark Av
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And the world knows your parents were a failure at raising a young man with no manners. Thank God, we are not related, I would be embarrassed by your Godless behavior.


We are all related, going back to the first children, Adam and Eve. Read a book.

Posted on: 8/13 17:55
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1 dead, another injured in Jersey City daytime shooting
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Updated on August 13, 2017 at 3:42 PM
Posted on August 13, 2017 at 3:27 PM

By Caitlin Mota
The Jersey Journal

JERSEY CITY -- One person is dead and another injured after gunfire erupted Sunday afternoon, police sources say.

The shooting happened on Forrest Street between Bergen Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive at about 1:30 p.m.

The first victim, a man believed to be in his 20s, was shot multiple times and was immediately brought to Jersey City Medical Center where he died a short time later, multiple sources tell The Jersey Journal.

A second victim was found a short time later and was brought to the hospital with a non life threatening injury and is in stable condition, sources said.

Crowds of people gathered near the Martin Luther King Driver intersection watching as police began their investigation.

The Rev. Herbert Daughtry was finishing Sunday services at the House of The Lord Church when the congregation heard about a dozen shots fired in the neighborhood.

At least 12 evidence markers scattered along the street as police appear to have been focusing their investigation near 322 Forrest St.

"Tell me this isn't another shooting," one man yelled as he drove by the city's Emergency Service Unit. Public Safety Direct Jim Shea was also seen arriving to the investigation.

Sources say there was some kind of fight involved in the shooting, possibly over drugs.

This will be the 14th homicide in Jersey City this year and the 17th in Hudson County. The shooting is on the same block where Ahmin Colclough was gunned down in September.

Additional information was not immediately available.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ey_city_daytime_shoo.html

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Re: Shooting on Newark Av
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Quote:

dr_nick_riviera wrote:
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Yvonne wrote:
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JCman24 wrote:
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Yvonne wrote:
Neither were you the one stuck in traffic for over a hour with alternative roads block off. Our roads are not like NYC, they are basically narrow. The problem is- nicky, you are nothing but a snowflake and cannot handle the truth. No citizen should be stuck in traffic without alternative roads available.


It is astounding how selfish you are.

Also, read a book. Your grammar is terrible.


Look, terrible things happen, but if a road was blocked in NYC there would have been alternative roads. That is not the case in JC. So yes, I did bring up the city's plans to narrow the lanes for bikes because it will only bring more congestion to this city. Even the turnpike and parkway allow for movement of traffic when there is an incident. The truth as they say will bring freedom. Do not be afraid of the truth.


Well I guess we know in advance that the fat slob Yvonne will probably fight against the Grand St. redesign with her lies. I wonder if she's ordered the VVPA to officially oppose it yet.


And the world knows your parents were a failure at raising a young man with no manners. Thank God, we are not related, I would be embarrassed by your Godless behavior.

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Re: Shooting on Newark Av
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Quote:

Yvonne wrote:
Quote:

JCman24 wrote:
Quote:

Yvonne wrote:
Neither were you the one stuck in traffic for over a hour with alternative roads block off. Our roads are not like NYC, they are basically narrow. The problem is- nicky, you are nothing but a snowflake and cannot handle the truth. No citizen should be stuck in traffic without alternative roads available.


It is astounding how selfish you are.

Also, read a book. Your grammar is terrible.


Look, terrible things happen, but if a road was blocked in NYC there would have been alternative roads. That is not the case in JC. So yes, I did bring up the city's plans to narrow the lanes for bikes because it will only bring more congestion to this city. Even the turnpike and parkway allow for movement of traffic when there is an incident. The truth as they say will bring freedom. Do not be afraid of the truth.


Well I guess we know in advance that the fat slob Yvonne will probably fight against the Grand St. redesign with her lies. I wonder if she's ordered the VVPA to officially oppose it yet.

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Re: Car service to BK
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Uber.

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Car service to BK
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Hi JC fam,
I am looking for recommendations for a car service to shuttle two sets of parents from two locations in DTJC to our wedding in Brooklyn. Google and Yelp reviews have been pretty inconclusive. A clean/modern/new SUV would do the trick.

Thanks!

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Re: Shooting on Newark Av
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Quote:

JCman24 wrote:
Quote:

Yvonne wrote:
Neither were you the one stuck in traffic for over a hour with alternative roads block off. Our roads are not like NYC, they are basically narrow. The problem is- nicky, you are nothing but a snowflake and cannot handle the truth. No citizen should be stuck in traffic without alternative roads available.


It is astounding how selfish you are.

Also, read a book. Your grammar is terrible.


Look, terrible things happen, but if a road was blocked in NYC there would have been alternative roads. That is not the case in JC. So yes, I did bring up the city's plans to narrow the lanes for bikes because it will only bring more congestion to this city. Even the turnpike and parkway allow for movement of traffic when there is an incident. The truth as they say will bring freedom. Do not be afraid of the truth.

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Why Jersey City Missed Out On Being the Big Apple
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http://www.thedailybeast.com/why-jers ... ut-on-being-the-big-apple

CONDITIONS FOR THE CREATIVE ACT

Why Jersey City Missed Out On Being the Big Apple
Because those living, working and playing in Manhattan were trapped between the East and Hudson Rivers, intellectual cross-fertilization was almost inevitable.

MARC J. DUNKELMAN
08.13.17

In the years following the American Revolution, not everyone expected New York to emerge as America’s preeminent city. Philadelphia had hosted the Constitutional Convention. Boston was a crucial manufacturing hub. And even among the cities crowding the lower Hudson (then called the North River), some believed that those on the western shore were more likely to flourish. A figure no less prominent than Alexander Hamilton predicted that Jersey City would eventually become the “metropolis of the world.”

There was good reason. New Jersey boasted all the advantages of Manhattan without many of its liabilities. Both offered access to the same harbor, and then to the Atlantic. Both were situated along a navigable river that would eventually connect to the Erie Canal. But while Manhattan real estate was relatively scarce, Jersey’s expanse seemed limitless. Just as important, goods manufactured in the Garden State were already on the mainland, and could be shipped to points south and west without having to traverse an extra body of water.

Nearly two centuries later, Jane Jacobs offered a novel explanation for New York’s triumph. In The Economy of Cities, published in 1969, she argued that the elements most scholars cited when trying to explain metropolitan success—access to natural resources, for example—obscured one monumentally important factor: the random collision of ideas.

Several years earlier, the famed journalist Arthur Koestler had published The Act of Creation, a book which argued that “the creative act is not an act of creation in the sense of the Old Testament. It does not create something out of nothing; it uncovers, selects, re-shuffles, combines, synthesizes already existing facts, ideas, faculties, skills.”

Jacobs applied Koestler’s insight to the urban landscape. Successful cities, she contended, managed to overlay different industries, communities and experiences. Growth is born from innovation, and innovation emerges only when concepts can jump easily from one field to another. Because those living, working and playing in New York they were trapped between the East and Hudson Rivers and couldn’t so easily escape one another, intellectual cross-fertilization was almost inevitable. In other words, Manhattan’s tighter quarters were instrumental to the Big Apple’s success.

Since then, the Koestler/Jacobs theory has become a staple of popular business literature. Pick up a recent edition of the Harvard Business Review and you’ll be hard-pressed to avoid stumbling on a story extolling the virtues of “breaking out of your silo.” But those looking to spark innovation on a wider scale rarely think about social architecture even as America sleepwalks through an entrepreneurial crisis. Statistical measures of new business creation have been halved since the 1970s. As one economist testified last year before the Senate Small Business Committee: "Millennials are on track to be the least entrepreneurial generation in recent history.”

Beyond asking whether investing in better schools or more research and development, it’s time we entertain another possibility: American innovation may be suffering from the fact that Americans today have less exposure to ideas outside the realm of their own experience.

In 2000, Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone laid out reams of evidence suggesting that Americans were becoming increasingly isolated from one another. But critics countered that digital technology (and now social media) put billions of people mere clicks away from an exchange of ideas; globalization, they argued, actually brings strangers together. What’s clear now is that that argument missed the point. Whether or not we have more or less “social capital” in the aggregate, we’re inarguably choosing to invest our time and energy today in different sorts of relationships. And as Jacobs would point out, who we know has a profound effect on what we think.

America’s social architecture has undergone a subtle but profound transformation over the last several decades. Data from the General Social Survey suggests that Americans have maintained roughly the same amount of time with their most intimate acquaintances (the handful with whom we exchange text messages) and their more ephemeral contacts (the elementary school pals we friend on Facebook). From 1974 to 2014, the percentage who reported spending a “social evening” with a relative more than once a month fell just slightly from 58 percent to 55 percent. The share spending more than one evening with a friend who lived outside their neighborhood actually grew from 40 percent to 42 percent. But the percentage reporting a social evening spent with someone who lived near them plummeted from 44 percent to 32 percent, suggesting that we’ve broadly abandoned the middling contacts that were once a staple of the American life. For better or worse, we’ve become strangers to the neighbors, Rotarians, bridge partners and bowling-league teammates who would once have been more familiar.

Which brings us back to the roots of intellectual cross-fertilization; after all, not every category of relationship brings people with different points of view into close proximity. Coining the phrase, “the strength of weak ties,” Stanford sociologist Mark Granovetter argued decades ago that more intimate contacts rarely proffered new concepts, if only because we know what our closest acquaintances think already. That might augur for more ferment today if only because weak ties have proliferated through the digital revolution. But a distinction exists between familiar and entirely ephemeral connections. A true exchange of ideas demands more depth than what is often on offer in the comments section of a Facebook post.

We should be so lucky to find simple ways to stir the pot. If, as some suggest, Americans lived in denser environments, used mass transit, and sent their children to public schools, they might be more prone to encounter new thinking. But as Bill Bishop argued in The Big Sort, even our neighborhoods have become more monolithic because we’re prone to settle among people who share our sensibilities. And it’s not just that. Look at all the people walking their dogs and riding the subway with earbuds that make them deaf to the world. On the whole, Americans have become increasingly private even in public spaces.

Nearly two decades ago, the University of Chicago’s Ronald Burt released the findings of a study he’d done of Raytheon, a defense contractor that boasted state-of-the-art physical plants, talented engineers, access to many of the world’s greatest academic institutions and much more. Trying to uncover the roots of new thinking, Burt concluded that the Raytheon employees most likely to have good ideas weren’t those entrenched most deeply in any one field of expertise or another. Rather, the unlikely stars were those few who “spanned structural holes.” In other words, the most intellectually disruptive employees were those with their hands in the work of more than one department.

What would it take to compel Americans to span more structural holes in their everyday lives? I’ve yet to stumble on a wholly satisfactory answer. There’s great promise in programs like AmeriCorps, which places Americans from wildly different backgrounds into eighteen-month service projects. But maybe more hopeful is the progress educators have made imbuing young students with additional “grit.” The most pervasive barrier preventing individuals from exploring new ideas often centers on a fear that substantive encounters outside a familiar bubble will be awkward, dangerous, or uncomfortable. Someone might discover that an interesting stranger voted for the other presidential candidate—or harbors some sort of ugly prejudice.

Exposure to new ideas often requires the ability to maintain your equanimity in the face of disagreement. A grittier America would be less likely to lash out or turn away in disgust.

We can hardly fault Alexander Hamilton for being born more than 200 years before Jacobs published The Economy of Cities. But we should heed the warning of his mistaken prediction that Jersey City would become today’s Manhattan. We’ve finally solved the mystery of how good ideas emerge. Our challenge now is to is compensate for the sociological shift that has begun to temper the hot stew of intellectual cross-fertilization.

Marc J. Dunkelman is a fellow both at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs and NYU’s Marron Institute of Urban Management. His first book, The Vanishing Neighbor: The Transformation of American Community, was published by W.W. Norton.

Posted on: 8/13 1:29
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Re: Jersey City 2017 Mayor’s Race
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Jersey City pulls political promotion of Fulop ally off city website

Jersey City pulled an item off the city website yesterday that promoted a political meet-and-greet intended to boost the chances of one of Mayor Steve Fulop's council candidates.

The event was listed on the taxpayer-funded cultural affairs calendar as a community barbecue hosted from noon to six today by Mo Kinberg (the calendar entry spelled her name "Kingsberg").

On her Facebook page, Kinberg, who with Fulop's support is seeking to unseat Ward D Councilman Michael Yun in November, promoted the event as a meet-and-greet alongside ads for her candidacy and Fulop's.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... omotion_of_fulop_all.html


Posted on: 8/12 22:54
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