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Re: Spotlight On: Affordable housing
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How can you have affordable housing when taxpayers paid $909 million to the county, school, and city governments in 2018? The way affordable housing is done is by passing off low income housing taxes onto the general tax paying homeowner who does not have a tax abatement. But that makes housing more expensive for that group of property owners. It is the equivalent of having a restaurant and charging one group a lower price, then inflate the price for another group to cover the group who had the reduced meal. Down the road, someone will pay the tab.


As usual, you find yourself out of your depth, but that doesnt stop you from spewing an uninformed opinion. You are conflating subsidized housing with the concept of "affordable housing". Affordable housing is about ensuring that there is enough supply to meet demand, so that prices are not driven up exuberantly because of competition for what little is available.

Affordable housing is about ensuring that a majority middle class is able to afford to live locally, and the working class is able to reside in relative proximity to where they work. So, instead of having $5,000 rents for a 2+ bedroom apartment, you end up with something lower. If instead of 1,000 units for 2,000 people you had 2,000 units for 2,000 people, competition is lowered and prices would not skyrocket. Encouraging the city to loosen zoning rules and limitations, along with approving development that helps alleviate the situation, is the smart thing to do: it is not subsidized, and it would allow us slow down the frenetic rent increases of recent times.

Posted on: 6/5 1:42
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Re: Spotlight On: Affordable housing
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How can you have affordable housing when taxpayers paid $909 million to the county, school, and city governments in 2018? The way affordable housing is done is by passing off low income housing taxes onto the general tax paying homeowner who does not have a tax abatement. But that makes housing more expensive for that group of property owners. It is the equivalent of having a restaurant and charging one group a lower price, then inflate the price for another group to cover the group who had the reduced meal. Down the road, someone will pay the tab.

Posted on: 6/5 1:13
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Re: New Electric Garbage Trucks...
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All the no turn on red signs recently put up has been terrible for air quality.

Posted on: 6/5 0:30
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Re: New Electric Garbage Trucks...
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Left unmentioned: will the charging stations that will be accessible to the public be free? Most small to midsized cities around the country have moved to provide subsidize charging stations that provide free charging to the public during non-business hours. This is a great way to encourage adoption of EVs by the general public.

Right now, the largest obstacle to EV ownership in JC, or any other urban city, is a lack of convenient charging solutions. Cities that deploy charging stations in government buildings and parking lots help address that problem by making them available for general use after hours, and most of them do so free of charge. It would be nice to see the same here.


This being JC, land of the entitled prick driver, what will you do when someone simply takes the spot, EV or not, and leaves their car there all day? You can't depend on city enforcement.


The "city owned" charging stations I have used in other places (Rochester, NY and Nashville, TN) are both accessible to the public during non business hours, and free to use (the city covers the cost) and if you try to leave a car parked at city hall, or at a fire station, it would just be towed. Seems easy enough to enforce, given that these are city lots where someone is bound to notice a non-city vehicle taking up a spot, especially if said car is a regular ICE vehicle that is not plugged in.

As for enforcement of non-city owned chargers (say, in public areas, like the stations along 1st St) the city has been spotty on enforcement: some days they come around and ticket vehicles that are parked on those spots without plugging in, and other days they ignore those vehicles. It doesn't help that half of the stations are "optional" EV parking (ie, not exclusive for the use of EV) and the Parking Authority PEOs dont seem able to keep things straight. So, yes, agreed that enforcement could/should be better in public areas, but the enforcement of charging stations in city owned facilites and lots should be a cinch.

Posted on: 6/5 0:07
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Re: Spotlight On: Affordable housing
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Here's why we have an inventory, and thus affordability, crisis: developers cannot today build what's on the left, only what's on the right. 56 homes, vs perhaps 8. Building "affordable housing" is still rationing it while we keep supply low with zoning to protect incumbent owners and the precious street parking.

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Bravo. A perfect illustration of why we have an affordability crisis. Not all that different than the situation in San Francisco, where zoning laws have prevented much needed large scale construction. The height restrictions encased in zoning laws have prevented much needed development. Jersey City will continue to get more exponentially expensive as more people flock here, and as more businesses open up or relocate here, while we continue to limit new construction. Even the much touted 34,000 units approved for construction will not satisfy current population growth trends. Current estimates are that JC has grown almost 10% since 2010. At this rate, we will need another 30,000 units by 2030 and those may not even be enough. It is way overdue that the city and its council take up the current zoning laws and make the necessary changes to enable JC to accommodate its projected growth.


Bravo indeed! That's the perfect image to illustrate the problem.

Posted on: 6/4 23:52
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Re: Remember to VOTE TODAY (TUES. 6/4)
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The one contested race on my ballot was for county freeholder where an anti-corruption candidate was running against the embodiment of Hudson County Democratic Organization machine politics in Tom Degise.

For democratic committee-man in my Hamilton Park area, the only choice was board of ed (ex)member Mat Schapiro, who is known to be moving to California.

Democracy in action!

Robin.

Posted on: 6/4 22:28
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Re: Spotlight On: Affordable housing
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Maybe the City or State can build a few of those buildings and have affordable housing? Perhaps another "Hudson Gardens"?

The only thing accomplished by that is lip service and a few homes rationed out, that come nowhere near filling the need. Market power needs to be unleashed by loosening the zoning regionwide. It doesn't work if it's too limited, just like the redevelopment zones haven't eased the crisis, they're not nearly enough to overcome the effect of attracting new residents and actually drive up the vacancy rate.

The same people that decry costs are the ones that want to lock the city in amber and never have it change. It's the future residents who have the most interest in higher density and better transit like a BRT up the spine of the city on Ocean and Summit, even if it costs driving space & parking spots.

Posted on: 6/4 22:07
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Re: Spotlight On: Affordable housing
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brewster wrote:
Here's why we have an inventory, and thus affordability, crisis: developers cannot today build what's on the left, only what's on the right. 56 homes, vs perhaps 8. Building "affordable housing" is still rationing it while we keep supply low with zoning to protect incumbent owners and the precious street parking.

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Bravo. A perfect illustration of why we have an affordability crisis. Not all that different than the situation in San Francisco, where zoning laws have prevented much needed large scale construction. The height restrictions encased in zoning laws have prevented much needed development. Jersey City will continue to get more exponentially expensive as more people flock here, and as more businesses open up or relocate here, while we continue to limit new construction. Even the much touted 34,000 units approved for construction will not satisfy current population growth trends. Current estimates are that JC has grown almost 10% since 2010. At this rate, we will need another 30,000 units by 2030 and those may not even be enough. It is way overdue that the city and its council take up the current zoning laws and make the necessary changes to enable JC to accommodate its projected growth.

Posted on: 6/4 21:35
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Re: Spotlight On: Affordable housing
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brewster wrote:
Here's why we have an inventory, and thus affordability, crisis: developers cannot today build what's on the left, only what's on the right. 56 homes, vs perhaps 8. Building "affordable housing" is still rationing it while we keep supply low with zoning to protect incumbent owners and the precious street parking.

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Maybe the City or State can build a few of those buildings and have affordable housing? Perhaps another "Hudson Gardens"?

Posted on: 6/4 21:17
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Re: Spotlight On: Affordable housing
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Here's why we have an inventory, and thus affordability, crisis: developers cannot today build what's on the left, only what's on the right. 56 homes, vs perhaps 8. Building "affordable housing" is still rationing it while we keep supply low with zoning to protect incumbent owners and the precious street parking.

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Posted on: 6/4 20:27
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Re: New Electric Garbage Trucks...
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Left unmentioned: will the charging stations that will be accessible to the public be free? Most small to midsized cities around the country have moved to provide subsidize charging stations that provide free charging to the public during non-business hours. This is a great way to encourage adoption of EVs by the general public.

Right now, the largest obstacle to EV ownership in JC, or any other urban city, is a lack of convenient charging solutions. Cities that deploy charging stations in government buildings and parking lots help address that problem by making them available for general use after hours, and most of them do so free of charge. It would be nice to see the same here.


This being JC, land of the entitled prick driver, what will you do when someone simply takes the spot, EV or not, and leaves their car there all day? You can't depend on city enforcement.

Posted on: 6/4 20:11
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Re: New Electric Garbage Trucks...
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Left unmentioned: will the charging stations that will be accessible to the public be free? Most small to midsized cities around the country have moved to provide subsidize charging stations that provide free charging to the public during non-business hours. This is a great way to encourage adoption of EVs by the general public.

Right now, the largest obstacle to EV ownership in JC, or any other urban city, is a lack of convenient charging solutions. Cities that deploy charging stations in government buildings and parking lots help address that problem by making them available for general use after hours, and most of them do so free of charge. It would be nice to see the same here.

Posted on: 6/4 19:22
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New Electric Garbage Trucks...
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Posted on: 6/4 18:51
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Sleep Success + Potty Training Workshop for Parents in Jersey City
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Having trouble getting good sleep routines for your kids? Or are you getting ready to potty training your little one? It can be a real struggle when your kids are not properly potty trained or not getting sleep. This workshop will be perfect to help you resolve those issues.

REGISTER AND PAY HERE: http://jcfamilies.com/event/sleep-suc ... shop-parents-jersey-city/

Posted on: 6/4 17:17
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Spotlight On: Affordable housing
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BY Michael Hill, Correspondent | June 3, 2019, 5PM EST

An NJ Spotlight forum put the spotlight on the quest to make progress on the decadeslong battle of building affordable housing in the Garden State.

“The very premise for the original Mt. Laurel litigation and the doctrine to move poor people out of the poverty-stricken urban areas and into the suburbs has literally been turned upside down,” said Peter Reinhart, director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute at Monmouth University.

Reinhart says Generation X and millennials’ appetite for city life and access to mass transportation have removed places such as Jersey City from the “poor-city” list when the Mount Laurel lawsuit began five decades ago. There were some unintended consequences.

“There’s now this system of displacement happening as a result of gentrification where now a place in Jersey City like Greenville where the rent was $700 a month 10 years ago. The rent is now $2,000 a month,” said Housing and Community Development Network Board Chairman John Restrepo.

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Posted on: 6/4 17:11
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Re: Remember to VOTE TODAY (TUES. 6/4)
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On my ballot, there was one race in either party and the outcome of that race (Democratic race for county executive) is a foregone conclusion. Not exactly a reason to rush to the polls.

Posted on: 6/4 14:14
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Remember to VOTE TODAY (TUES. 6/4)
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By Patrick Villanova | The Jersey Journal

Hudson County voters will go to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in several primary elections.

There is a relatively light slate for voters across Hudson County, and there is expected to be little drama in the heavily Democratic county. There are a few county and state elected positions, such as county executive and sheriff, that all Hudson County voters will cast a ballot for.

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Posted on: 6/4 12:06
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JC JAZZ FESTIVAL Now to Sunday, June 9, 2019
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Jersey City has transformed into a city-wide celebration of Jazz beginning May 31st until Sunday, June 9th.
The fastest growing city in the state is also home to the fastest growing Jazz festival in the region.
Formerly the Riverview Jazz Festival.

http://riverviewobserver.net/2019/06/ ... in-the-heart-of-the-city/

Posted on: 6/4 3:15
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JC FRIDAYS ACCESS EDITION JUNE 7TH 2019
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Art House Productions’ JC Fridays will be holding its seasonal festival! Featuring art events that take place in restaurants, galleries, stores, and event spaces in almost every neighborhood of our great city. This June is our 2nd annual ACCESS JC Fridays It focuses on inclusion and encourages participants to present work from artists with disabilities and/or work that celebrates disability in any of its many forms, including, but not limited to: impairments that are cognitive, developmental, intellectual, mental, physical, and sensory. We also encourage you to find easy and inexpensive ways to make your physical space accessible to all.

http://riverviewobserver.net/2019/06/jc-fridays-access-edition/

Posted on: 6/4 2:15
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Re: Cracked sewer pipe - Advice/contractor needed
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E & V Dirt Works LLC

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"E & V Dirt Works provides Jersey City Water Service, Water Main & Sewer Lateral Service, Fire Sprinkler, Excavating & Grading Services. We serve Jersey City, Hoboken, Bayonne & Hudson County NJ Residential and Commercial customers."

Posted on: 6/3 22:18
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Re: Cracked sewer pipe - Advice/contractor needed
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Wondering if that Brajczewski was mine. The owner is responsible up to the city lines.

Posted on: 6/3 20:23
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Re: 10th Annual Jersey City Ward Tour & Festival (w/ Bayonne/Hoboken option!)
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Was a good time for the most part.

Volunteers were awesome, as were the crossing guards.

Only complaint was the attitudes of some of the cops. While most of them were very cool, there were a handful that were total d-bags and yelling at riders to form a line on the street in Lincoln Park. Problem is that there wasn't enough room for people to queue up.

Cop starts yelling at adults that he will shut the tour down.

Easy there, chief. This was a bike tour - not a perp walk.

Posted on: 6/3 15:53
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Re: Excavation Begins For 25 Columbus Drive In Jersey City
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Wow... 750 units... more PATH overcrowding!


At this point, new construction in DTJC is not even the biggest issue/concern: as more and more construction is slated to happen in the JSQ area, the PATH trains will arrive in Grove St already super crowded. A few years ago, getting on at Grove was fairly easy but the people at Newport would have to scramble to try and get on. Now, trains arriving at Grove are often fairly crowded. As all those new buildings in JSQ fill up, I imagine that the situation at Grove will be no different than Newport today.

I know people that ride up to JSQ and then remain in the train before it turns around to head back towards 33rd. It is about the only way you are sure to get a seat, or be able to board a particular train car, during the morning rush. It adds ~15 minutes to your commute but, if you have the time, it can make for a much better commute.

Posted on: 6/3 14:23
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Cracked sewer pipe - Advice/contractor needed
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Hi

We're buying a place in the heights and the sewer line inspection revealed the pipe is cracked between the city line and the house on the street (ie city property). Please can anyone with relevant experience/info advise on: (1) who's responsibility it is (city/us) (2) suitable contractors [I saw Brajczewski mentioned on an old post] (3) expected pricing.

The supply line is also lead if it makes sense to switch both at once.

THANKS in advance for any help!

Posted on: 6/3 14:22
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Re: Excavation Begins For 25 Columbus Drive In Jersey City
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Wow... 750 units... more PATH overcrowding!

Posted on: 6/3 3:24
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Re: Excavation Begins For 25 Columbus Drive In Jersey City
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another tower.. let's make jersey city great again!

Posted on: 6/3 0:35
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Re: IMPORTANT NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT MEETING (The Heights)
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cars, cars, cars..anybody notice how they ripped out two lanes on 8th avenue in Manhattan and expanded sidewalks onto the streets..traffic seems to flow nicer.

Posted on: 6/2 23:29
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Re: IMPORTANT NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT MEETING (The Heights)
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MDM, The Franklin gives me a sad since I was a regular for the old place's espresso. Where's the next closest?



My wife likes Dulce de Leche on Central Ave for her caramel latte and spinach puff pastry. There is also hipster coffee place across from Fisk park, but haven't tried it yet.


Those will set me back far more than the simple espresso in a foam cup. I guess I need to look harder into the remaining Latino steam table places. If you're talking about Mod Cup on Plaisade, I went in there once to get a simple cup of coffee, but it was clear that the pourovers, lattes and other exotica would keep me waiting a half an hour. I walked out.

Posted on: 6/2 21:27
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Re: IMPORTANT NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT MEETING (The Heights)
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MDM, The Franklin gives me a sad since I was a regular for the old place's espresso. Where's the next closest?



My wife likes Dulce de Leche on Central Ave for her caramel latte and spinach puff pastry. There is also hipster coffee place across from Fisk park, but haven't tried it yet.

Posted on: 6/2 19:55
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Re: IMPORTANT NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT MEETING (The Heights)
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Its a chicken and egg thing about the development and parking. Developers are building for people who aren't yet residents and voters, so their voices are not heard to compete with the incumbents who only care about their street parking. There's people who were much happier when our city was littered with empty lots.

MDM, The Franklin gives me a sad since I was a regular for the old place's espresso. Where's the next closest?

Posted on: 6/2 17:53
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