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Re: Parking Issues Around Hamilton Park
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...Certainly 20 years ago, JC was a city as it is now. However, parking was not an issue when I moved here as it is now. The only issue is the excessive and poorly planned development.


No, it wasn't a city as it is now. It was a city in highly unusual circumstances, namely, it was just starting to recover from a major cratering of its population. The highest population of JC was in like the 30s or 40s; it's just getting back to its former level now, albeit with larger housing spaces than the tenements of yore.

In the meantime, as with many US cities in the midst of the Great White Flight to suburbia, it was relatively easy to get around by car in JC. The streetcar and bus system was gutted, further investments in transit weren't made, but it didn't really matter.

Now those chickens are coming home to roost. The US is realizing that city living is far more efficient and economically and socially dynamic than endless suburban sprawl, and our population is returning to its former levels and will soon surpass them.

What's missing is, as others have said, major reinvestments in transit, alternative transportation such as biking and walking, and other techniques that modern cities around the world have been and are continuing to adopt. That's what's needed here, not some magic parking bullet.

Yes, parking (and driving) privately owned passenger cars in a modern city is inherently flawed, and it was always an accident that it worked here as long as it did. All that is over.

Posted on: 2016/9/21 12:08
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Re: Crash on Jersey Ave, Friday Night Aug 5
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On the street design side, Bike JC is about to renew our campaign for Grand Street, including protected bike lanes and various traffic calming methods. We'll be collecting petition signatures, engaging a consultant to produce design renderings, and drumming up public support.

I hope you'll join us and support this and similar initiatives. Bike JC will be talking and listening about this plan (and other bike matters) at our upcoming open meeting, Thursday, 8 p.m. at the Team Walker Learning Center, 373 Communipaw Ave. at Halladay Street. All are welcome.

Posted on: 2016/9/19 15:08
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Re: Crash on Jersey Ave, Friday Night Aug 5
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Uh, quite true. I don't disagree with anything you've said, other than the likelihood of it coming to pass. Saying enforcement is too expensive so it shouldn't be the answer is wide of the mark. Nothing you are proposing will be done over night - in the mean time, people will continue to die because of the indifference of those who are tasked with setting policy and enforcing the law. Daily I see people traveling in excess of 50 mph on Grand - and not just in the wide parts. Sure, they get a head of steam up west of Jersey, but if the lights at Jersey and Grove are in their favor they just continue to barrel along. Frequent enforcement and stiff fines are needed - not saying it will completely change behavior but it is insane how little effort is made to bring any of this under control.

Don't get me wrong - I cycle daily, including on Grand. I fully support what you are after and have worked in parallel in the past to try to achieve these types of things. In the meantime, four or five people have died on Grand street in the past seven years. You can't just throw up your hands and say enforcement is expensive and give up.


The original comment was absolutist: "Only three things are going to bring this stuff under control: enforcement, enforcement, and more enforcement."

Not true.

And some of the solutions I proposed can be done quickly and inexpensively; in fact, that's increasingly the model today. Speed humps and tables, corner bumpouts, etc. can be done as pilots and emergency measures, providing both testing and public awareness and acceptance for more permanent installations.

Also, I never "threw up my hands" and said give up on enforcement. We should have more of that too, and right quick.

Posted on: 2016/9/15 16:23
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Re: Crash on Jersey Ave, Friday Night Aug 5
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The speed limit is 25. Nothing should flip at 25. Or 30. Similarly, I happened upon a serious collision at Marin and Grand Tuesday evening - a car traveling eastbound on Grand had broadsided some sort of mini vanSuv-let that left so much damage that the car had to be going 45, at a minimum.

Only three things are going to bring this stuff under control: enforcement, enforcement, and more enforcement.


Not true. Enforcement helps, but it is costly and has to be kept up consistently, basically forever.

Our streets—especially wide "arterial" racetracks like Grand, need substantial redesign to physically force drivers to slow down.

"Road diets" have been repeatedly proven to do this, shrinking the width and number of traffic lanes, and usually using the saved space for bike lanes, pedestrian islands, and other safe, green features. One example can be seen on Hoboken's Observer Highway, where car space was reduced.

The nonprofit advocacy group Bike JC, of which I am a board member, is campaigning for exactly that on Grand Street. Please join us in supporting this much-needed change to our streets.

Posted on: 2016/9/15 10:58
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Re: Your Home's "Walk Score"
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Yyyyyyup. Bike-friendliness increases value too, e.g., homes near a separated bike track sell for more, retail businesses along protected bike lanes on average see a healthy increase in sales.

The article speculates that the rise of Uber et al, and self-driving cars, will soon cancel out the perceived benefits of walk-friendliness.

I don't buy it. Being able to walk or bike most everywhere you want to go (even if you use mass transit or Uber for the hardest trips) is more than the solution to a math problem about transportation. It's a whole 'nother way of living, one with all kinds of side benefits. Once you've done it for a while, you don't usually want to stop. I know I don't.

Posted on: 2016/8/11 14:01
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Re: Firefighters battle 3-alarm blaze in Downtown JC
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Grove Street Bikes tweeted that their shop is closed until further notice due to the fire.

Posted on: 2016/8/10 12:22
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Re: Monty's Public House
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Maybe they switched away from "Monty's" because of the Monty Hall WFMU performance venue?

Posted on: 2016/8/9 14:33
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Re: Citi Bike
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>>...imagine the outrage if CitiBike starts taking over what some neighbors and businesses consider to be "prime spots".

We don't even have to imagine, since they've been through dozens of dock-siting controversies in NYC and in the initial JC rollout:

In a park? Ruining the view.
Historic district? George Washington never rode one (but 1000 modern parked cars are fine).
Heavy foot traffic? It'll be in the way.
Light foot traffic? Too far out of the way.
On a county road? City doesn't have jurisdiction.

Etc.

My personal favorite was the parents at a NYC school who basically said their children would be kidnapped and murdered by the undesirable element a dock would attract to the area.

Anyway, the initial position of a new dock is often already an obvious compromise based on known objections, and then some get moved later, for reasons good and less good. You'll get the ideal locations when we have the ideal civic culture.

Posted on: 2016/8/4 9:51
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Re: BIKE LANES in Jersey City
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Grand Street would be a GREAT place for Jersey City's first protected bike lane. Bike JC is campaigning for exactly that (#GrandStreetVision), though ultimately it's only one place PBLs are needed.

The city has been exploring grants for a better bike lane network, and has asked us (Bike JC) for ideas, which we appreciate, but however it's done and funded it needs to happen. We all need to make that clear to everyone in charge, especially anyone who still opposes it.

Hoboken has a protected bikeway on Observer Highway and sounds like they are willing to build more; Newark has one on Mount Prospect Ave. and has firm plans for several more as part of a comprehensive bike network in the Ironbound neighborhood. This is what modern cities do, and we need to do it too, period.

Expect to hear more about this very soon.

You haven't heard about a lot of Citi Bike riders getting killed or injured for the simple reason that bike shares, in every single place they operates, have a great safety record. The short-term rental structure and the bikes (especially the heavy, stable, upright bikes that Citi Bike uses) promote slow, workaday journeys, to work, to the market, to school ... That's why, e.g., despite tens of millons of trips, it was only recently that the U.S. saw its first fatality on a bike share bike (in Chicago).

Posted on: 2016/7/21 11:10
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Re: Organized local group bike rides
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Grove Street Bikes has resumed doing rides every Sunday morning, usually moderately fast (15-22 mph) road rides to the GWB and back, and sometimes beyond. No drop.

They meet 7:30 a.m. at their shop at 365 Grove St. (please note the shop is not open at this time), and leave at 8. They say they are now doing it every Sunday except for holidays and bad weather.

Just show up with your bike!

Grove St. Bikes, and the Bike JC nonprofit advocacy group, which I'm a part of, both also do occasional slow cruises, light-up rides, family-oriented rides, etc., but I don't think that's what you're talking about!

Posted on: 2016/7/19 13:22
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Re: What location was your bike stolen from (time, type of lock, etc)?
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JCPD East District (Downtown plateau) just issued a warning that bike thefts are increasing, including thefts of bikes locked inside parking garages. They're urging cyclists to use bigger, better locks and/or keep bikes inside their homes when possible.

Posted on: 2016/6/30 13:13
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Re: Bike JC's 7th Annual Ward Tour & Festival June 5
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What was the final tally of participating riders?


Dunno yet.

We had 2,185 sign up online, breaking last year's record of 2,068. We're sure it would have been more like 2,300 or 2,400, but the bad forecast dampened the rush we always get in the last couple of days.

The number of people who actually biked is always harder to figure. As one measure, we count bibs distributed—last year we handed out about 1,640—and we are doing that now. I'm sure that will be lower this year due to the weather.

And of course some of those who started bailed out quickly in the early rain and went home or went straight to the festival; others probably snuck in without bibs on the west side once the rain stopped. So any final numbers are likely to be somewhat, er, subjective!

My guess is that by next year, this and most other big outdoor events will have drones over them, shooting photos and videos and automatically assessing crowd numbers with some app or other ... but I need a nap before I think about that!

Posted on: 2016/6/9 11:31
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Re: Bike JC's 7th Annual Ward Tour & Festival June 5
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Just wanted to take a minute out of my post-tour recovery to thank everyone involved in the Tour & Fest, from city agencies including the Office of Cultural Affairs and JCPD to our sponsors, vendors, bands, community groups; our amazing volunteers and my fellow board members; and of course all of you who rolled and rocked on Sunday.

Also, thank you for all the comments and hella thoughtful critiques in this thread, mostly regarding weather. Without getting into detail, we are already talking about the same things, and I guarantee you that as we plan future tours, we will take all the ideas here very seriously.


Posted on: 2016/6/9 10:14
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Re: Bike JC's 7th Annual Ward Tour & Festival June 5
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Oops, last post didn't have the right registration link.

REGISTER HERE

Posted on: 2016/5/31 10:10
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Re: Bike JC's 7th Annual Ward Tour & Festival June 5
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Lotttttttttts of fun food options Sunday at our Finish Line Festival in Liberty State Park:

Rosie's Eatery -- Taco
Mayon Grill -- Filipino BBQ
Angry Crab -- Seafood
Green Radish -- Veg/vegan
Pizza Vita -- Pizza
The Cow & The Curd -- Cheese treats
Bread & Spoon -- Sandwich & salad
Milk Sugar Love -- Ice cream
Whos Gluten Free -- Cookies
Lizzmonade -- Lemonade
Hi-FiBar -- Granola

Come down to LSP 1–6 p.m. and enjoy (even if you're not riding in the bike tour)! The NERDS play at 3:30.

Last few days left to register for the tour: REGISTER HERE

Posted on: 2016/5/31 9:34
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Re: Bike JC's 7th Annual Ward Tour & Festival June 5
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Confirmed band lineup for the Finish Line Festival:

1:00 (as riders return): The Penniless Loafers -- "indieskarock"

Following: Beninghove's Hangmen -- "creeptastic surf noir"

3:30: The NERDS -- NJ's favorite crowd-pleasing über-cover band with a side of costumed comedy

The festival, in Liberty State Park 1–6 p.m., is free and open to everyone, even if you're not riding in the Jersey City Ward Tour that will finish there!

There will be a beer garden by Raval, a Gastro Alley with lots of food trucks and vendors, the Horizon Wellness Village with health-related offerings, and an expo of community groups.

Bike around to it with Bike JC, or just come independently and enjoy it!

Posted on: 2016/5/25 16:31
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Re: Yvonne Outdoes Herself - Transgender Bathroom Editorial
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I am just impressed that somehow Jersey City's parking supply has finally entered this conversation.

Posted on: 2016/5/23 14:03
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Re: Fulop proposes giant, regressive gas tax increase
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Yes, gas taxes are to some degree inherently regressive in a vacuum, affecting particularly the working poor living far from mass transit, and also adding yet another expense for the cash-poor middle class.

There are many potential remedies for that; for one, instead of "balancing" them with tax breaks for the rich, you can make some other tax more progressive instead.

Gas taxes also should go partially toward building, expanding, maintaining, and fare-subsidizing mass transit, biking, walking, etc., and not just to roads, to give at least some drivers (greener, cheaper, more sustainable) alternatives. That's politically daunting, perhaps impossible, and maybe there can't be a direct link, but then those other modes must be funded some other way.

But when I think about gas taxes and gas price fluctuations, I mainly think about how reliably they affect the rates of violent road death and grievous injury, air pollution death and disability, asthma, etc., etc.—all by making driving more or less attractive. That's the most important effect of gas taxes.

When gas pump prices are lower, all those disasters are more frequent—and all of them disproportionately afflict low-income people, whether they drive, or work, or not. And all this destruction inflicts huge, cascading costs throughout society and government.

So keeping gas taxes lower in the U.S., and in NJ, than practically anywhere else is hardly a progressive victory. Raise them.




Posted on: 2016/5/23 13:41
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Re: Bike JC's 7th Annual Ward Tour & Festival June 5
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It would be more successful if it can flow better from start to end. I recall 3-4 stops and lots of waiting each time last year.


I generally agree. We at Bike JC would love to make the tour roll more continuously; that would require one of two things:

1. Exclude more of the slower people. That way we wouldn't have to keep stopping the front line to let the back catch up and keep the tour compact so the police can re-open the roads right behind us. But we don't want to do that, because we want the tour to stay very inclusive and attract newer cyclists.

OR

2. Get the whole route closed to motor traffic, or maybe half at a time, for, say, three hours, instead of the current rolling closures. That way it won't matter if the line strings out a loooong way, and everyone can just roll at their own paces. It might even be easier for drivers because it will be very visible and predictable. But that would take significantly more staffing by police, crossing guards, and us. We have suggested it; if the tour keeps growing maybe that will happen. Numbers justify many things, so please bring a friend!

Till then, if you're a fast rider, please know that there will be several deliberate stops this year and every year. Please think of it as a social ride/party/parade, a demonstration of biking's growing popularity in JC, and a demonstration of why we need to enable more of it in the near future.

Are you a very strong rider of road bikes, fixies, etc.? Why not slow your natural roll by riding the tour on a fat bike or beach cruiser, or pulling a trailer with a little boom box in it. We hear they're legal now! Also: There's a bit less waiting if you start well back in the pack and just stay with the riders around you. That way it's the front that waits for you.


Posted on: 2016/5/21 18:13
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Re: Bike JC's 7th Annual Ward Tour & Festival June 5
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Over a thousand riders already registered for the Jersey City Ward Tour; now ahead of our record-setting pace from last year!

Join us June 5! REGISTER HERE NOW!

Posted on: 2016/5/20 12:47
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Re: Bike JC's 7th Annual Ward Tour & Festival June 5
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All Ward Tour volunteers: Please attend our volunteer meeting TONIGHT (Wed. May 18), 7:30, City Hall, 280 Grove St., 2nd Floor Council Chambers.

We'll plan assignments for the big day (June 5) and also will have promotional posters for you to hang in your neighborhoods in the meantime if you can.

Posted on: 2016/5/18 13:16
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Re: Bike JC's 7th Annual Ward Tour & Festival June 5
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Registration for Bike JC's 7th annual Jersey City Ward Tour is now open!

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, FREE ($5 suggested donation), and available now at our website here: REGISTER

The 2016 tour will roll at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 5, from its new start at City Hall.

We'll finish in beautiful Liberty State Park for the first time, and we'll have our Finish Line Festival there all afternoon, with food trucks, a beer garden, live bands including Jersey favorites The NERDS, and the Horizon Wellness Village.

The route is very similar to last year's except for the start and finish, approx. 15 miles. Helmets are required for everyone on a bike.

You can find much more information on Bike JC's website at the registration link above, and also on our Facebook event page here: FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE TOUR!

Meeting Wednesday 7:30 p.m.

We also need lots of volunteers June 5 to help with registration, ride as marshals, sell our T-shirts, etc. So if you can help, please sign up here: VOLUNTEER SIGNUP

Also, please attend a meeting for all Ward Tour volunteers this Wednesday, May 18, 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 280 Grove St., 2nd Floor, in the Council Chambers. We'll plan assignments, and we'll have posters for you to hang in your neighborhoods.

Please try to make it, but if you can't you can still volunteer! We may call one more meeting closer to June 5.

Thank you!

The Jersey City Ward Tour is presented in partnership with the City of Jersey City, Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Jersey City Municipal Council, and the Office of Cultural Affairs. Welcome to our new principal sponsor: The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey!

Posted on: 2016/5/16 12:24
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Re: What location was your bike stolen from (time, type of lock, etc)?
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Folding bikes are the way to go. Take it with you or someone else will take it from you. You can get a nice light multi-speed Dahon for around $400.


Foldys rank slightly above adults riding razor scooters.


Whew! At least I'm above somebody!

Posted on: 2016/5/12 13:13
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Bike JC's 7th Annual Ward Tour & Festival June 5
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Save the date and ride with us!!

Bike JC's 7th Annual Jersey City Ward Tour and Festival will be held Sunday, June 5. We'll bike about 15 miles all around the city at an easy pace—with a couple thousand friends! After the ride, enjoy a finish-line festival, including live bands, great food and a beer garden. Free registration is required, and we expect to open it online in early May. Rain date June 12.

We'll have much more information shortly, here and on our website at www.bikejc.org.

Facebook: Bike JC
Twitter: @bikejc
Instagram: @bikejcgram

Posted on: 2016/3/29 1:42
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Re: Citi Bike
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Hi, JC List, I'm writing a story about Citi Bike and I'm looking for anyone who uses Citi Bike and lives outside of Downtown — even if you're a casual user. Please call me 201-273-0492 or email me tmcdonald@jjournal.com. Thanks!


I'm assuming you won't mind if I put this on Bike JC's Facebook too?

Posted on: 2016/3/11 13:40
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Re: proposal for changing R1 zoning to R5 in Downtown JC
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Agree with brewster that more of the little nooks designed for retail should be retail.

Neighborhood retail, if expanded throughout the city, doesn't make parking worse. It makes car ownership less necessary because people can walk and bike for most of their errands.

Posted on: 2016/3/11 13:01
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Re: proposal for changing R1 zoning to R5 in Downtown JC
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This sounds great! Increased density while following historical building patterns, attracting fewer new cars per capita.

NIMBY eruption in 3, 2, 1 ...

Posted on: 2016/3/8 14:37
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Re: Parking Permit to 11:00 PM
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Maintaining outdated street parking policies in a whole neighborhood just because City Hall is there would be ridiculous. They have to meet a whole variety of other needs, as this policy is trying to do.

HOWEVER, I will say this for Yvonne's argument: I am probably as anti-parking as anyone in this city, but City Hall does have a unique role for everyone in the city, including those from its most distant and car-centric neighborhoods, and that can't be compromised. A council meeting is one of the few amenities for which a resident of, say, southern Greenville or the northwest Heights will never be able to "shop locally." Yes, more of those people should be coming here by mass transit, zip car, Uber, taxi, bike, bike share, etc., and gradually more of them will, but it's probably fair to bend over backwards a bit in this case, because #democracy.

So if there were some provision for providing or preserving extra car parking ON SITE at City Hall, or RIGHT next to it, that wouldn't be such a bad thing.

Leave the rest of the neighborhood parking rules to Candice.


Posted on: 2016/2/26 11:43
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Re: Plan to lower parking minimums in Jersey City spurs anger
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El Squid gets it.

I think to be honest a big part of the problem is that Jersey City is in NJ, and NJ has never really had a "major" city, and certainly never had a major city in modern times. NJ is an overwhelmingly suburban state with only a few tiny, mostly crumbling "cities" that nobody in NJ generally cares about. So nobody in NJ really has any idea about true urban planning.

That's why I made the snarky comment earlier about Jersey City being unable to shed it's "Jersey-ness". It's the whole mentality of "Well everyone must have a car, right? So for these new developments, let's demand that developers make a parking spot for every unit!". Completely insane in the context of Downtown Jersey City. It's this mentality that has to change, or Jersey City is seriously fucked.


NJ's suburban-ness also means that its cities have less sway in Trenton than one huge, unified city would have in an otherwise sparsely populated state.

So when people here ask for more mass transit funding, we're less likely to get it.

But this is one more reason why having a bigger, car-lighter JC (and Newark, and Hoboken, etc.) in future years is important: It creates a bigger urban constituency to put pressure on Trenton (and by extension, D.C.) for mass transit and other needs of growing cities to let them grow further ... it primes that virtuous cycle.

There's a tipping point to this that will be reached fairly soon, when the entire northeastern NJ urban cluster—and all its political leaders—will be focused more on urban transit than on cars. The sooner it comes, the better we can get on with being real cities.

I LOVE mass transit, BTW. (Queens native, subway nerd from an early age.) I used to spend more time ranting about it the PATH and NJTransit, but I realized that biking is something more easily controlled by a city, and that's one reason I now focus on it. Biking amenities are relatively cheap, and if they move us away from the car, even a little, they will help us build momentum for other urban needs—mass transit first among them.

#PartOfThePlan


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Re: Plan to lower parking minimums in Jersey City spurs anger
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Elsquid - but then you won't be attracting families here - what you will attract instead are transient young people who, quite frankly, wont have a long term vested interest in making jc a great place to live. They will live here for a while, contribute little to none in the way of community value, and then move to the burbs when they are ready to have kids because jc is becoming so family unfriendly. Now thats great for the bottom line of developers and maybe business owners ( though i would argue that vested families contribute more towards thriving and sustainable business in this city) , but not great for residents who actually plan on living in this city for the long haul. Adequate parking is absolutely essential for the quality of life in any city, including Manhattan. Im not saying it has to be free, but it has to be available across the sectrum. Yes, manhattan has lots of parking garages!!! Manhattan also has a lot more to offer in terms of city services and amenities that make the inconvenience of less parking more tolerable in the long haul. Jc doesnt have that to offer.


You're right that car-free or car-light living will initially attract more new arrivals who are single, who are childless, who rent, or otherwise have demographic advantages for it. I disagree that this cohort is somehow less beneficial, in part because I am all those things and spend basically all my free time lately pushing for better transportation in JC, most pointedly biking. And some of the most active advocates and volunteers I work with are free to be so active, in part, because they aren't taking care of two toddlers.

Of those car-free arrivals, yes, many will eventually have families, and some will leave JC, but some of them will stay here, and maybe buy one tiny smart car instead of a mini-van and a sedan, as their more motor-minded forebears did. It happened in Brooklyn neighborhoods. And I know some very fine families here who have exactly that story. That's progress!

Posted on: 2016/2/25 16:03
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