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Re: Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Expansion
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The only thing causing delays, backups, and inconveniences in the vicinity of the pedestrian plaza are the illegally parked vehicles that choose to park and double park in the most inopportune places, like the assholes that double park to patronize Torico's, or the many badge displaying cars that park in clearly marked "No Parking Allowed" zones in the triangle area between Bay, Erie, and Newark, or the people that park in bus areas along Newark Avenue, forcing buses to stop in the travel lanes. If officers would patrol the vicinity of Newark Avenue to prevent those things, then traffic would flow much better.


Sadly, law enforcement of any kind regarding vehicles seems a dead issue in JC. Cops don't ticket moving violations, and the Parking Authority's ticketing seems randomized. I've seen them stop at an intersection with 6 cars parked too close to the corner, ticket 1, and move on.

Everyone wants to engineer the traffic problems away, but that will never succeed with a complete lack of enforcement. As for buses, whether there's a car in the stop or not, they don't pull over anyway.

Posted on: 4/26 11:19
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Re: Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Expansion
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Wait, what does the pedestrian plaza on Newark between Erie and Grove have to do with traffic in India Square and by Monteleone's?


Apparently Yvonne lives in a "Butterfly Effect" world where anything she doesn't like causes any problem anywhere she cares to point out. Presumably the Newark Plaza also is responsible for war in the Middle East.

Posted on: 4/25 17:45
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Re: Bill would require more affordable housing in Downtown Jersey City
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Rescind the abatement, and change the R-1 zoning in the whole city to allow builders to create affordable housing all over. It would not cost much more for a developer to build 12 units on a double lot instead of 2 "Bayonne boxes" with 4 huge and expensive homes. This is how free markets work. Don't let NIMBYs control the future of this city!

Posted on: 4/24 21:00
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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You mean like this?
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or this?
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The Unconventional Allure of the Slender Dwelling
https://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/23/gre ... tions/23iht-reskinny.html

Google "skinny house", it's a thing. Why was it separate deed rather than a combined lot is the big question.

Posted on: 4/22 21:50
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Re: Costco comes to Hudson County
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As an aside, I’m really surprised that people continue to patronize the Clifton location when Teterboro is just three minutes farther out but so much easier to get in and out of it, and much larger, making it more comfortable to shop.
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Plus Teterboro has a kosher bakery and stocks kosher meat. I haven't been to Edison, is the booze that much cheaper than Buy-Rite? I should check out the one on rt 1 in North Brunswick on the way to visit mom. I sometimes buy booze in the TJ's down that way.

The retail laws in our local counties are pretty absurd. Lets shake out the liquor laws while we're doing the weed reform. The notion that a supermarket can't sell booze but a concession located in the market can is just nonsense.

Posted on: 4/21 12:42
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Re: Costco comes to Hudson County
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I also heard good things about Costco fish and seafood quality. Do you guys concur? If so I'd be very happy.


The thing about Costco is everything they sell is great quality, they carefully curate their stock. Just buying laminate flooring from them every once in awhile justifies keeping my membership.

Posted on: 4/20 16:48
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Re: Legal Weed Is Coming to New Jersey
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We've been screwed ever since no-fault anyway Yvonne. They don't need a reason to jack up your rates, they just make it up as they go along. It's a Joisey thing.


I think it's going to get even more interesting as the mileage trackers get market share. Low mileage drivers have been subsidizing higher risk high-mileage drivers forever. So, similar to the reval, as some people get their insurance lowered some are going to get it raised.

That said, the whole tracker thing is creepy as hell! I can see every place my wife goes via the insurance app and vice versa. No doubt they're selling the data too.

Posted on: 4/20 16:44
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Re: Costco comes to Hudson County
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I grew up near that chromium dump (440) and the traffic has been horrendous as long as I can remenber. I wouldn't go to 440/communipaw to get something for free.


Well, it got worse after the Skyway work started. It would take many millions to engineer that intersection with a flyover, probably taking room for clover leafs from the park. Look at the insanity going on at 14A for a good example. There's no reason getting from 78S to 440S needs to be such a shitshow, and that's how lots of folks will be getting to this store. And that's assuming the tpk isn't a parking lot, I always check traffic before taking it to Bayonne.

Here's some extreme traffic nerdgasm I just ran across. "Contraflow Left" at 5:40 seems the best solution for that intersection.




Posted on: 4/19 19:52

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Re: Costco comes to Hudson County
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Right because 440 and communipaw ave needs more traffic!


The skyway work will be finished and the traffic eased, someday...

Posted on: 4/19 15:37
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Re: Costco comes to Hudson County
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Why would Staten Islanders go there and pay $11 for the bridge rather than go to the Costco on Richmond Ave by the SI Mall? It is shocking there's no WM on SI, but they might as well head over the least busy bridge.

Re BJ's: it's a pale wannabe of Costco, so poorly run by comparison. I could go on and on why, but just look at the fact they couldn't make the concession stand work, and opened a DD right next to the one in ShopRite. The concession in Costco is always mobbed.

Posted on: 4/19 14:23
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Re: Bloomberg: Collapse of Public Pensions
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perhaps the state should use a part of super high taxes on legal marijuana to reduce its unfunded pension liability.


No one can get elected on a platform of "funding pension liabilities"., At least not yet, not till someone actually gets a short check. It's just not sexy nor meaningful to low info voters, just like no one gets elected for vowing to "maintain the infrastructure". "Free goodies" and shiny new stuff is so much better.

Posted on: 4/19 14:18
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Re: Costco comes to Hudson County
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Some bean counter decided cheap rent and local financing by BCB (an incompetently run bank btw) compensated for terrible demographics. This store will never have an always packed parking lot like Teterboro.

Posted on: 4/19 13:51
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Re: Costco comes to Hudson County
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What a stupid ass place to put it on the butt end of the peninsula!! That's hardly closer than Clifton or Teterboro for DT and Hoboken, the 100k people in the county with the most disposable income. 440 or 1-9 would have been so much smarter. Justy look at the map, no one is going to cross the Bayonne bridge or the 78 bridge to shop this store.

Posted on: 4/19 13:21
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Can anyone recommend an online site for comps between 10/1/16- 10/1/17? When I go on trulia, I can only find recent sales, is there some way to filter this so that I can see only sales in that window?


Use "advanced search" in step 4 on this page to set parameters of your search. Unfortunately it's harder to geographically limit than the RE sites, you have to dig through your results.

http://tax1.co.monmouth.nj.us/cgi-bin ... istrict=0906&ms_user=monm

Posted on: 4/16 12:43
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Re: Legal Weed Is Coming to New Jersey
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Since marijuana does not send users into homicidal rages, nor does it encourage users to steal rampantly to pay for it, it makes no sense to claim that Colorado's homicide rate increased slightly because marijuana was legalized.


Did u bother to read the article?


I read it, there's no link, just weak speculation. They're trying to pin everything from murders to drunk driving on weed.

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CBI (CO bureau of Investigation) officials indicated they can’t offer an analysis about why crime increased in the state.

Here's an article with links to actual studies:
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/mari ... galization-violent-crime/

Posted on: 4/14 13:15
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Re: Logistics of 2 Family Home in the Heights
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I'm part of a 4-unit condo association, and we have a bank account and pay our own bills -- no outside management company needed. Somebody has to volunteer to write the checks and do the bookkeeping (basically a thankless job).

In our association, all of the units have a slightly different square footage and pay a different percentage of common expenses. I think this would probably be true of a 2-unit building as well -- and give one owner more weight in the case of disagreement.

I remember the developer of our building had set up the association before the units were sold, which I assume is a requirement if you are selling condo units.


How do you maintain funds in the checking, and make sure everyone is complying? Is it like an escrow where you keep it above a certain level?

Posted on: 4/11 22:08
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Re: Group wants new highway leading to Jersey City Waterfront
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Monroe wrote:
JC couldn't set itself up to do that without state ok.

Quite probably. But I do wonder what the limitations are of what JC could do unilaterally. I don't believe Jersey Avenue is a state road so could we put a toll on it Northbound at Grand during morning rush hour? It's not the most effective idea but there's got to be something we can do.

Here's an anecdote about community effect on tolls. In the seventies the toll on the Southern State Parkway in Valley Stream was $0.10 and they raised it to a quarter. Drivers started flooding the local roads to avoid the toll and it became total shitshow resulting in the toll booths being removed entirely. Never say never.

Posted on: 4/11 17:56
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Re: Group wants new highway leading to Jersey City Waterfront
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Bike_Lane wrote:
Agree. It's technically simple, institutionally questionable. EZ Pass is just a contractor. It would be up to NJ Turnpike Authority and Port Authority to coordinate and allow EZ Pass to process the data to do this.


Yes, that's the impediment. I would think in theory Jersey City could become another member of the E-Z Pass Consortium of government organizations and set up its own system of fees independent of the PA or NJ TPK. The problem with investing in this sort of system is that the goal isn't to make money but to limit the negative externalities the existing system imposes on downtown.

Posted on: 4/11 17:22
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Re: Group wants new highway leading to Jersey City Waterfront
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K-Lo2 wrote:
Can EZ Pass be tailored for local programming to impose higher pricing for anyone using local roads?


My idea was a penalty for entering the tunnel within a certain time period of exiting any 14ABC ramp other than 12th St. I'm certain it could be done, the only hardware required would be an express type reader on the LSP 14C ramp. In theory it could also be done independently just using plate readers. The question is whether sufficient pressure can be brought, the city and county would have to be supporting it.

Posted on: 4/11 13:49
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Re: Group wants new highway leading to Jersey City Waterfront
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At this point it looks like a fait accompli and the best solution is one previously discussed, using the EZPASS system to penalize anyone using local roads to get to the tunnel.

Posted on: 4/11 12:59
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Re: Logistics of 2 Family Home in the Heights
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caj11 wrote:
I'll put in my 2 cents here, hopefully it helps.

When looking at a 2-family home like the one you spoke of, because the duplex shared a sewer line, a realtor told me the law required an HOA to be formed and an outside management company to handle payment of water and sewer bills. I don't know if there is such a law, and though it seems silly to use an outside management company just to pay a water bill for 2 units (because there probably won't be much else for them to do), but I think it is a necessary evil because the water/sewer bill has to be paid somehow and who wants to deal with the awkwardness of asking your neighbor for money every month.


I can think of so many other ways to handle that. If it were me, I'd open a bank account in the HOA name and require a certain balance be maintained by regular transfers for common charges like sewer, hallway lights, and minor common maintenance. If the balance gets higher than, say, 300% the usual outlay the association can agree to suspend a month. It's not like the hired manager would have any more leverage over a recalcitrant member than the other member.

Posted on: 4/10 13:13
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Re: FULOP, DEAL WITH PEDESTRIAN & BIKE SAFETY!!
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I wonder if we are about to see a surge in enforcement of traffic violations now that this NYT article has been published:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/09/nyr ... -city-traffic-deaths.html

While our local rate of traffic fatalities goes up, across the river in NYC it is going in the opposite direction.


Tellingly, nowhere in the article did a JC official suggest a law enforcement role in reduction. JCPD has apparently abdicated traffic enforcement. Anyone know how to find statistics on what cops do all day, like tickets and responses? I can't find anything.

Posted on: 4/10 11:34
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Re: Group wants new highway leading to Jersey City Waterfront
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Using the Bergen Arches for a light rail line from Secaucus Junction park-n-ride lots to downtown Waterfront is a far better idea. There's no reason to encourage more cars to come downtown.

Posted on: 4/6 10:59
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Re: JC Public Schools is short $70 million
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Stateaidguy's identity is entirely appropriate to focus on, especially when he (?) claims to be from "one of the Oranges". Why is he on this board? Who's interest is he serving with his posts? There could be very legitimate reasons for him to be here, but the conversation would be much better served by knowing the answer to those questions.

I personally have no problem with someone who's an out of town advocate for an issue as long as he's polite. SAG is extremely well-informed and has been very educational in his participation on JC List. It's not hard to think of local blowhards who are nothing but combative and disingenuous.

Posted on: 4/3 19:00
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Re: JC Public Schools is short $70 million
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So, a quick pass at the numbers JC school costs shows we simply pay staff more than almost anyone, #98 of 103 peer districts. One must assume from years of caving in on contract negotiations. How does a union making more than almost anyone else in the whole country keep pleading poverty?

But almost as interesting is what comes as the last priority, extracurriculars, at 8|103. Surely someone has studies connections between extracurriculars and education outcomes?? Students more engaged in participation in any school activity surely engage more in the classroom.

Posted on: 3/31 13:37
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Re: JC Public Schools is short $70 million
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Has anyone ever run across a line item comparison of how JC spends vs other NJ districts? I have no trouble believing it's wasteful, but I have no idea in what way.

Also, Stateaidguy says we're overaided, but I don't recall hearing what our appropriate aid should be. It's surely not Zero.

Posted on: 3/30 12:00
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Re: Latin supermarket
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Supremo in the Heights definitely has. Take an exciting walk through beautiful SW Hoboken and up the 100 steps! You could even take the HBLR to 2nd st for a shortcut.

Posted on: 3/28 22:01
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Re: Building collapses
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Dinger wrote:
I looked at this building with a potential buyer and my PE a few years back. It was a leaning tower then but fully occupied. If I recall correctly, this was one of two buildings sharing a common party wall. The owners of the buildings could not get their act together. In any event, at least then, the owner I met was a greedy bastard and the asking price was far too high for the project to make any sense given the height restrictions for the lot and the aforementioned issues with the party wall. Guess it never did sell after all.


How does this work for him now? Is he left holding the bag because of poor maintenance, or has he just saved money on demolition and now collects the insurance?

Posted on: 3/22 20:10
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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ILRie wrote:
I'm trying to figure this out- is it possible that 100% of the value of the abatements goes to the city, and then the city needs to make a separate payment, calculated as 5% of that, to the county?
It sounds weirdly convoluted to me but if it resulted from a settlement from a lawsuit... anything's possible, I guess. (And isn't that basically 95/5 when it comes right down to it? Like, 100 out of 105 is 95.2%?)

This why Yvonne is continually mocked, she attends meetings and calls officials, but is unable to actually understand numbers. most of us can instantly see that 95-5 or 100-5 comes out the same no matter what you call it.

Posted on: 3/22 14:22
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Re: Insurance Broker Recommendations?
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We've found this guy very good at saving us money on property insurance, and very responsive.

Len Garces
Couch Braunsdorf Insurance Group, Inc
(800) 223-5433 ext 418

Posted on: 3/22 10:24
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