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Re: USA TODAY: Model of the urban future: Jersey City?
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I think the article is a pretty good summary of what is going on. The one thing that needs to be emphasized before one uses JC as a model, I think, is that the waterfront was empty - virtually no one was displaced nor did many buildings have to be torn down. I also believe environmental remediation was minimal compared to what would be required today. Not many cities have that luxury. It has always been my impression that the gentrification of the downtown brownstone neighborhoods went very smoothly, with little if any pushback from existing residents. That many of the rowhouses were owner occupied may account for this.

I leave it to others to provide a line by line explication de texte.

Posted on: 2007/4/16 12:28
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Re: WTF Healy & Fulop...GET THE SIMPLE SH*T RIGHT - SORT OUT OUR SEWERS!
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A bit of advise that gets posted after every sewer fiasco: get vaccinated for Hepititis A&B if you live in downtown JC. Because we have a combined storm and sanitary system you are being exposed to sh!t when you are exposed to sewer backup.

Maybe the JC t-shirt should be "We got Hipsters and maybe Hepsters"

Posted on: 2007/4/16 11:59
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Re: Curing what ails the Jersey City Medical Center - Chicago firm calls for cuts in salaries, services
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Just got a letter from my health insurer - Horizon BCBS of NJ - JCMC is not a preferred provider as of March 9, 2007. Anyone else, with other providers, get similar information? Who usually initiates this sort of action the insurance company or the hospital?

How much is a taxi to St. Barnabas?

Posted on: 2007/4/11 20:55
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Re: congrats Ronald McNair High school best in new jersey
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From Wikipedia: Collectively, the Class of 2006 earned more than $200,000 in scholarships.

That is either a mistake or these kids are really being shortchanged - 200K doesn't even cover the cost of two students at a private college.

Posted on: 2007/4/9 12:26
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Re: Almost half of Hudson County residents support proposal to bring a casino to the Meadowlands
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Is Xanadu really in limbo? I thought Mills was bought by Simon Property and the project was moving forward.

Is Xanadu in Hudson County? address is East Rutherford which is Bergen.

If the casino is gonna happen, it should be contingent upon the completion of the light rail link and the NJTransit link.

Posted on: 2007/3/23 13:55
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Re: So much for all of you folks who predicted a JC/NYC RE Crash
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John Gapper's column in today's Financial Times quoting Martin Eakes, CE of Self-Help, says that the sub-prime lending debacle could become "the largest loss of African-American wealth in American history."

Can anyone provide a link - this is a very informative article. I don't subscribe to their internet service (love those St. Joseph aspirin pages).

Posted on: 2007/3/19 15:10
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Re: So much for all of you folks who predicted a JC/NYC RE Crash
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Following up on my post of 3/15 re: The Bank of Mom and Dad

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/18/rea ... cov.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Posted on: 2007/3/17 12:28
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Re: So much for all of you folks who predicted a JC/NYC RE Crash
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1. Alb - you need to meet wealthier people. Made a few calls after my previous post. Two friends said they made "significant" contributions to kiddy's downpayment with the understanding that whatever equity accrues would be the kid's, i.e. it's a gift - I'd rather see you happy while I'm alive, sweetheart. This is a sweet gift - essentially a free pass on the real estate roller coaster - with giftee take all. Or lose it.

Small sample = anecdotal evidence, but still ....

2. The only time I have heard of banks lowering the rate on a fixed mortgage is when the prevailing rate goes down and you tell them you will re-up with a new bank. You would probably start from year 30 again at the new rate - essentially they would facilitate an easy re-fi. But, one always hears that the last thing a bank wants is your house, so maybe you could try if you need help.

Posted on: 2007/3/15 19:52
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Re: Problems with the Embankment Coalition
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Maybe I need to up my anti-cabal medicine, but when I read about the vote my first reaction was - another way to screw Fulop.

Posted on: 2007/3/15 19:37
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Re: So much for all of you folks who predicted a JC/NYC RE Crash
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I have great faith in the National Bank of Mommy and Daddy bailing out many of the the kids who may get in over their heads. Credit ratings are to the 21st Century what virginity was to the 19th - to be preserved at all costs. I'd be curious how many mortgages in this area were taken out by child and parent together - can anyone hazard a guess? Or, how many parents provided the downpayments which would be lost in a default.

Posted on: 2007/3/15 13:25
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Re: A 30-YEAR DEAL? Journal Square developer aims for massive abatement
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I just did a quick calculation - assuming that the average rent was $1500/mo (probably low) and 10% of gross revenue comes to about $5.4 million (check this,I bought my calculator for 99 cents) w/o taking in to account parking and rents from retail. How does that stack up with what the property was yielding in taxes vs increased need for city services, etc.? Should you add in the additional income taxes and sales taxes some residents (moving from outside state and city), should you subtract possibly 1000+ PATH riders on a saturated system?. If, as many believe, development is inevitable is it better to get abatement income now then wait for the market to take its course and maybe build nonabated properties 5-10 years from now? There are probably 50 other variables that could be thrown in.

I guess my question about all of this is - how do I determine if this is a good deal for the city, and hence for me (and maybe you), a homeowner.

Posted on: 2007/3/12 13:45

Edited by loucheNJ on 2007/3/12 14:29:07
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Re: More Zipcars Coming to JC?
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Anyone know anything about this? I stumbled on it while doing some research about Evanston. The citation is from Wikipedia.


I-GO is a non-profit organization which operates a car sharing service in Chicago. I-GO has partnered with the City of Chicago, the Chicago Transit Authority along with many community and civic organizations. The organization was developed in 2002 by the Center for Neighborhood Technology. As of June 2006, I-GO has about 3,800 members and 100 cars available for use. Cars are located in 30 Chicago neighborhoods. Members pay a one-time fee to join, and an annual renewal fee, then they are billed monthly for their use of I-GO cars based on time of use and miles driven. I-GO use a number of models of car including: Scion xB, Honda Civic, Honda Civic Hybrid, Honda Element, and Prius. I-GO operates their cars through a franchise agreement with Flexcar, which allows I-GO to use Flexcar's technology, in addition to allowing members of each other's service to use each other's vehicles.

Posted on: 2007/3/12 13:11
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Robert Troy's letter re: Stevie Fulop
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Check out the letter in March 11th JC Reporter from Robert Troy (retired chief, JCPD) concerning Fulop. Sorry, it is not on line yet.

Despite his adopting a tone that a third grader would be embarrassed to sign his name to, Troy's accusation that Fulop has accomplished nothing is, in my opinion, pretty close to accurate.

Posted on: 2007/3/10 18:28
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Re: Property Taxes - 2F used as 1F
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Step away from the phone, immediately. One familes can be worth more than two families and your taxes could go up. Also, once you reregister as a one you could have trouble converting back to a two.

Posted on: 2007/3/9 13:21
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Re: Rem Koolhaas to design 111 First
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I am really troubled by this project. Reading the article in today's NYTimes - posted previously - I love the program of the building - multi-use, artist space, sculture, blah, blah... However, if nothing else the building commits a terrible social blunder - it detracts from the bride's glory and beauty. The bride being the Powerhouse. In my elitist opinion JC has three great aesthetic attractions: The Powerhouse, the old Medical Center and the views from LSP. The Medical Center seems to have been entrusted to good hands - all indications that are that it is being respectfully restored and will add to JC's continued growth. Community opposition stopped the monstrous sculpture proposed for LSP, and for now views of the harbor,NYC skyline and SoL are safe. But now the Powerhouse is threatened with defilement. I am an architectural consertative - I prefer that the making of monuments be reserved for public buildings - museums, concert halls, courthouses, etc. Not condos and offices. Not in an area with a real architectural focal point in place. That three gigantic cubes have never been stacked in the way proposed does not mean they should be so stacked. Architecture differs from art - it cannot be easily ignored - put in a vault or sold off to a private collector. This building is essentially forever. While I do not believe that this building will be built as shown, I think even moderate change would be insufficient to make it acceptable.

BTW - anyone know which other architects were asked to compete for this commission?

Posted on: 2007/3/4 14:41
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Re: Embankment- Update Thread
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Bless you Kindelan and Ambush Bug - I haven't wanted to bear the brunt of the make my park supporters by being the first nay sayer. Some English country houses have intentional ruins called Follies - the embankment could be our neighborhood folly.

I love the idea of the embankment remaining as it is - no park, no housing, maybe a light rail line at street level along sixth street (narrow the roadway, if necessary).

I also have had a real concern: safety. In a neighborhood where people are still getting mugged at street level would you really be comfortable up there? Are the stay at home moms going to feel comfortable up there airing out the kids and reading a book? (Sorry if I offend anyone by my assumption that they would be the prime users of the space, at least during the week). I'm happy to leave the space for butterflies and whatever other wildlife have found a habitat up there.

Posted on: 2007/2/28 17:08
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Re: Rem Koolhaas to design 111 First
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"This is the most cutting-edge piece of architecture I have seen in my career," said Bob Cotter, the city's planning czar. "I would hope this type of project would lead other developers to come into the city with unique plans."

Wow, does this statement piss me off - Cotter has been running the planning office for years - apparently as a rather passive bureaucrat in the city's development. Why hasn't he and the rest of his staff been more active in improving the architectural quality of what gets built? As the person who, I believe, stated his wish to make JC more like Paris, Koolhaas as a non-contextual starchitect is just weird. Paging Jean Nouvel, paging H and De M........, M. Portzamparc where are you?

Anyone know who chose Koolhaas - the city or the developer?

Posted on: 2007/2/27 14:06
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Re: Old names on Downtown Jersey City buildings tell a story
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The Guaranty Trust is Romanesque Revival. Romanesque architecture dates back to the 9th century. I believe you can see some fragments of Romanesque architecture at The Cloisters in upper Manhattan, the medieval collection of the Met.

Posted on: 2007/2/24 14:52
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Re: Million dollar settlement over 111 First Street to benefit arts - $330G goes to Museum
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Just a quick aside - anyone know why the JC Museum wasn't moved to the PAD when it left the library?

Many of us have probably taken effective listening techniques classes as part of some management development series. In JC the important course is effective seeing techniques. Ignore what they say, watch what they do.

Posted on: 2007/2/23 16:14
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Re: So much for all of you folks who predicted a JC/NYC RE Crash
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So, Wolf says increase supply will increase prices - probably right because it increases JC's credibility as a place to live. Ian says if supply slows prices increase because demand exceeds supply. I agree with both of them, but not sure what the variable that keeps prices up and/or rising. My guess is "desirability" and someting approaching infinite demand - used to be if I said I lived in JC the response was - where's that? (we were usually facing it from a window in lower Manhattan) now, the response is, hey I hear that is a cool place, a friend of mine just moved there.

Posted on: 2007/2/21 16:09
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Re: CASINO - The Dream for Meadowlands -- MANZO'S GAMBLE
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How do AC lobbyists stand up against JC Mob? From reading JCList one "learns" that many businesses that don't appear busy - Pizza joints on Monmouth, GabbaGhools, etc. are fronts for organized crime - so maybe we have a built in counterattack to the lobbyists.

I am really liking the idea of a casino and brothels - as long as they are very upscale, think London Private Club and Belle de Jour. Someone should be pitching this to The Donald.

As more and more families face the rising cost of private school tuition, what a great opportunity for our comely stay at home mothers to earn a few extra bucks in the afternoon. Or as their SUVs become obsolete what a great way to earn some cash for a new car - let's call it The Hummer for Hummer program. And lest I sound sexist, no reason why we can't have male brothels too. And remember, these types of businesses will attract upscale boutiques, fine restaurants and maybe art galleries.

Oh, and I would definitely support a no smoking policy despite so many of you bristling at government regulating our lives.

Posted on: 2007/2/21 15:56
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Re: CASINO - The Dream for Meadowlands -- MANZO'S GAMBLE
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Read all the objections to a casino in Buffalo, NY to learn about the downside of making gambling easy. Apparently, the poor succumb to the slots and get even poorer.

Actually, I always thought the Power House would make a great casino - great location, cool architecture with something like 16 million people within an hour. Make it a car free zone - so 'hood doesn't get inundated with traffic. Maybe even some legal brothels. Play our cards right, so to speak, and we could have money rolling in and lots of good jobs. I wouldn't even mind, if like in Monaco, residents are forbidden to enter the casinos (that's what it was like when I was young, not sure if that rule is still in effect).

Substitute Jersey City for Monte Carlo in the lyrics below:

http://www.know-britain.com/songs/man ... oke_bank_monte_carlo.html

Posted on: 2007/2/21 14:58
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Re: So much for all of you folks who predicted a JC/NYC RE Crash
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With respect to not raising rents when leases are up: a good tenant is not worth pissing off - a small increase is petty behavior on the landlords part and a large one could result in the tenant not renewing. Over the years, I have concluded that a vacant apartment represents at least 3 months lost rent: lost rent, cost of repairs and possible realtor fees. Just not worth it. Consider an apartment renting for $1500. Loss = $4500. Even if you got $200 more from new tenant it takes almost 2 years to recoup expenses.

Much of the enthusiasm for RE in the area is based on the prediction that the metro population will increase by 1,000,000 people in the next 20 (I think) years. This assumption was recently ripped apart in an essay in the WSJ. Essentially, it is too expensive to live here. Employees won't come and employers are moving jobs to more affordable parts of the country. This is a win/win situation since lower cost of living allows for lower salaries and lower operating costs. The idea that young yups "must" live in NYC, Boston, LA, SF, Seattle etc, apparently doesn't stand up to scrutiny.

Posted on: 2007/2/21 14:46
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Re: So much for all of you folks who predicted a JC/NYC RE Crash
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what does "I made" mean - you sold and have cash in hand or on paper your equity has increased by 400K.

Just curious, where would people park 400K after selling out?

Posted on: 2007/2/21 1:22
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Re: what time is construction allowed to start
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I have had good luck calling the police on Saturday to have construction stopped. Maybe it's an easy call for them. I have even called during the week about a loud radio coming from a construction site. They came within 30 minutes. Lesson learned: call if you think you are within your rights, or if you are unsure what the laws are.

I have never had any luck calling the historic district people about what I believe to be a violation of the historic restoration ordinances, however.

Posted on: 2007/2/20 15:47
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Re: 111 First Street - the teardown
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Need a little clarification here to evaluate some of these posts because some issues have become combined, at least for me.

1. Are the individuals advocating the preservation of the warehouse district doing so BOTH for its architecture and as artist housing?

2. Do people advocating property owners' rights support the area's use as artists' housing in some way?

For me, these issues keep getting crossed when I think about them. I am not wedded to saving most of the warehouses, but would like to see at least some of them converted to market rate housing, perhaps with artist set asides, if only for architectural variety and to see if architects can integrate modern purpose built residential with converted older buildings. Overall, what I would like to see is a "green", pedestrian friendly residential/retail area that links the waterfront with the interior historic districts.

Since several of you had challenged the qualifications of posters to express their opinions concerning architecture and development, I am LoucheNJ, M.Arch, MBA.

Yesterday, I met someone who works for the NYS Council on the Arts -she knew about the situation in JC - essentially she thought that real estate had gotten too expensive, too fast for an artist community to survive.

Posted on: 2007/2/16 14:37
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Re: Pulaski Skyway replacement being designed
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Is there any precedent for saving engineering feats like the Skyway? The only thing I can think of is London Bridge being rebuilt in the desert. It really is a wonderful structure and I am told it was cutting edge engineering when it was built. It's kind of like a horizontal Eiffel Tower for NJ. I know it can't be upgraded, but can't it just be left w/o cars having access - maybe even a linear park...

Posted on: 2007/2/14 19:36
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Re: New 5 story 30 unit building with 30 underground parking spaces proposed for Monmouth & Newark A
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Looks like Baker Boys building is for sale - don't know how it will effect their business. I was told that the building two doors down - Ruskin Hardware - is coming down, but that doesn't correspond to the address in the original post.

Is the new building going onto the vacant lot that faces both Newark and Third?

Posted on: 2007/1/30 20:34
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Re: Safety, our children, stop signs and speeding downtown
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Thank you all for posting your concerns about this - sometimes I think I am just getting cranky in my old age, so it is nice to see that others share my concerns.

One of the things I often notice is that drivers at stop signs at one way streets only look in the direction of on coming traffic and "forget" that pedestrians might be crossing the road. I would like to see the words "look both ways for pedestrians" or something similar stenciled under the word STOP on stop signs.

Posted on: 2007/1/30 17:23
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Re: We Will Remember! Pay to play voted down
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I was disappointed to see no mention of the vote in the NYTimes - maybe tomorrow. Does anyone have connections that could facilitate this?

I think a little public humiliation is due our esteemed leaders.

Posted on: 2007/1/25 15:38
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