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Re: New York Times: Is New York’s Best Pizza in New Jersey?
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yes, good call. I actually prefer Arturo's. The menu is broader (meat balls, ravioli, sandwiches, my favorite pizza - the santo) less costly and a little more elbow room. It is open for lunch and byob. But Razza is great and when things calm down, definitely worth trying (on an off evening.)


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The pizza and food at Dan's first restaurant, Arturo's in the People's Republic of Maplewood, is almost as good-not far by car or rail, but often a wait there as well.

Posted on: 9/18 9:15
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what we really get with our local elected leaders
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I could not let this valid observation by the local columnist Augie Torres a week or so ago pass by without noting -

"Just don't put too much faith in elected officials, they tend to disappoint and if one of them does something you like, then it's a genuine surprise. It's sort of like opening a gift not knowing what you'll get -- something wonderful or just re-gifted."

When assessing your choice in the coming elections, really look at who the candidates are, what their history is and what they have done. It is hard but try to get a sense as to what their character and values are, because, the past determines the future.


Posted on: 9/18 9:06
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Re: Protected Bicycle Lane
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http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2 ... to_make_street_safer.html

Grand Street changes designed to make street safer for all

Jersey City officials say they will build the city's first protected bike lane on Grand Street.

By Letters To The Editor

Help us bring awareness and fact-based knowledge to the public. A clear lane for emergency vehicles. A left hand turning lane. Safer traffic flow. Quicker bus transit. Safe routes to school. An improved corridor for businesses. A safer road design on a street with crash rates that are among the highest in the city.

These types of changes are possible for Grand Street. The Grand Street Concept Development is the next phase in an open, public process to bring the entire length of Grand into the 21st century. The primary goal is to make this corridor safer for all users: pedestrians, mass transit users, motorists and yes, those of us who use a bicycle.

Presently Grand Street is dangerous. Vehicles are often traveling well over the speed limit. Pedestrians are struck by cars. Most cyclists are scared to ride on it. Access into Jersey City Medical Center can sometimes be a challenge. Businesses wish for more foot traffic.

Solutions to these problems are presented in the Concept Development. Over the past eight years Bike JC has advocated for safer cycling in our city, and we selected Grand Street because of its poor safety record and because it connects so many neighborhoods, everyone wants to use it but it's design screams, CARS ONLY!

Speed data was collected from the corridor to discover the average was between 35 & 40 mph, well over the citywide limit of 25 mph. We brought this information along with some rough design ideas to the council and they unanimously agreed that something must be done. What the city has done is to hire an engineering firm called Stantec to study the corridor and make design suggestions for a safer Grand Street and a company called Fitzgerald & Halliday to conduct public outreach. The Concept Development is the result of their work.

Suggested safety improvement designs include a center turning lane that will keep traffic flowing in a more orderly and efficient manner as well as the added benefit of an open lane down the middle of the road to allow emergency vehicles to get to their destinations more quickly. Pedestrian safety improvements, protected bike
lanes and improved mass transit are all possible.

To get a complete understanding of this safety design, please go to our website at BikeJC.org and watch the embedded video on the right side of the page. Follow us on social media for announcements of public outreach opportunities where you can join in this democratic process to modernize Grand Street.

Patrick Conlon, BikeJC, Jersey City

Posted on: 9/10 21:15
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Re: JC Schools
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there have been a lot of jc school discussions here on jclist.

this was recent about Cordero which you likely saw -
http://jclist.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?post_id=423124

there was this - http://jclist.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?post_id=370933

Posted on: 7/13 23:33
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Re: Four years in, Jersey City council members name top successes
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Even in their own words they have done very little beyond going with the flow.

Given the incredible opportunity they had to serve and having access to city resources, all make little case for re-election (the ones who have served since 2013)

Better than nothing, should not be ok.


Posted on: 7/4 9:41
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Re: Jersey City Drops Lawsuit Against the Friends of the Loews Jersey City Landmark Theatre
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some people can want a museum piece that plays host to mostly national (mass commercial) performances. that is fine. my family would likely attend an event/performance once every few years.

But presently, we go to the Loews 10-12 times a year, some years more for movies, theater, music and even the post JC St. Patricks Day Parade Party and every year we help with the JC Landmarks Conservancy Awards Ceremony and have seen numerous Art House and other performances.

The current situation serves my family much more than AEG would. We should matter also, not just development for developments sake. So, we will support the FoL and a more balanced path.

Posted on: 7/4 9:35
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Re: Pay-to-play claims fly over city vendor's campaign cash to Fulop
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I stubbornly believe that there is still something really wrong with this. Its only me and a few others, but every time one complains about things in Jersey City, this is at the root cause of it.

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Pay-to-play claims fly over city vendor's campaign cash to Fulop

JERSEY CITY -- Donations to Mayor Steve Fulop's re-election bid by the company that manages the city's water system are raising new accusations of violations of the city's pay-to-play law.

Suez and its political action committee gave Fulop's re-election bid at least $10,800 in the last four years, plus another $1,000 to the Fulop-controlled Jersey City Democratic Committee, campaign reports show. Those amounts exceed contribution limits placed on some city vendors by the city's pay-to-play law.

Suez is at the tail end of a 10-year contract with the autonomous city Municipal Utilities Authority to run the water system. The company is in the middle of negotiations for a new contract with the MUA, whose bylaws say it will adhere to the city's pay-to-play restrictions. The MUA director is Jeremy Farrell, who is also the city's corporation counsel

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


Posted on: 6/21 20:46
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Re: Cordero Principal Strynar retiring!!!
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Yes, it is a good school. Its not for people that want a suburban like experience with newer facilities or want to be able to come in and change things (and then leave for greener pastures.) He ran the school for the benefit of the kids that came to it and did so for decades. I did not always agree with him and did bump heads, but I always respected and admired him, and what he accomplished.

For those that like to like to point to ratings, please keep in mind that the top 10-15% of their students leave after 5th grade for the district-wide accelerated magnet programs in Academy One and MS4. Most of the top performing students are no longer in the school for grades 6 thru 8, but there were still students that went on from Cordero to McNair Academic.

We found the academics rigorous and the school disciplined with next to no bullying. My wife and I were always welcomed in the school. There was breakfast with guidance and thanks to a few parents there were some great fundraising events which Principal Strynar thanked by cooking a dinner in the school home-economics lab.

Its an urban school and your children will be in school with children from the greater neighborhood including the public housing projects. My children had classmates whose grandparents attended Cordero under Principal Strynar.

Just like we teach children, do not judge a book by the cover. My children thrived at Cordero and it did not hold them back.

Marvin Strynar is one of the great people in Jersey City who has left a lasting impression on my children.





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It's a good school, but an old building and no space for recess. The heat dismissal was district wide.

The principal ran that school with an iron fist. I suppose that had its benefits and its drawbacks.

Posted on: 6/21 20:41
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Re: Support and Survival of the Arts in Jersey City
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a city must do many things well, from providing public safety, generating economic growth, improving mobility and transportation of goods, providing public education and yes supporting and sustaining the arts. and Jersey City is doing a good job of failing at it.

the root of it may be failings in leadership, from the failed property revaluation needed to provide tax equity across the city, the failure to provide community based policing policy, to our failure to fund our schools, and to adequately support, fund and sustain the arts.

Jersey City together has been giving voice to issues here in a letter signed by more than 30 arts community leaders -

http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2 ... adership_to_stem_vio.html

and fortunately despite the city, arts leaders doing just that here -

Jersey City's arts community needs dedicated support from city

The Fulop administration has identified the arts as playing an important role in the economic and cultural development of Jersey City. However, artists and arts groups have been underfunded, excluded from city planning decisions, and marginalized as real estate and the cost of living in Jersey City have skyrocketed.

Consequently, Jersey City arts groups have closed or become dormant, arts leaders have resigned or moved away, and ordinances/legislation designed to support the arts have been ignored or not enforced.

After years of dialogue with the city about the arts sector's critical need for support, and without substantive policy from the city, artists and arts groups hereby set out below the requisite policy items necessary for arts in Jersey City to become sustainable and adequately supported.

We, the undersigned, ask the following of the administration:

1. The City of Jersey City dedicates the entire 3% Hotel/Motel Occupancy Tax to Arts/Culture local non-profit organizations, to be distributed by a neutral, professionally-qualified arts entity, acceptable to the arts community.

2. That all decisions involving future rezoning for "arts districts", major capital projects such as renovating the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre, re-opening of the Jersey City Museum, or the like, be made with a neutral, professionally-qualified arts entity at the table representing the arts community as a full negotiating partner. It is imperative that the voices of seasoned artists, dancers, performers, and professionals from the arts field have a say in policy that will affect them, and the public, for years to come.

3. That all programs currently underway that involve the arts - including the JC Mural Arts program - be immediately halted, until a system of transparency is put into place and input from the art community is heard and incorporated. We want there to be murals and we want there to be art in JC, but we want to ensure that this is done in a productive and responsible way that reflects the very best of our city.

4. The Department of City Planning assigns a staff person charged with the responsibility and accountability for upholding all arts provisions written into city ordinances, zoning, land use plans, and building plans. This staff person will also be responsible for advocating for arts space, artist housing, and other opportunities to provide funding and resources to arts groups as building projects are presented in Jersey City.

Posted on: 5/17 22:03
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Re: Gun found at Jersey City middle school; 15-year-old charged, police say (Downtown)
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let the hysterics begin.

it happens in the burbs too, but with loaded guns with hallow point bullets -

Student who brought loaded handgun to N.J. middle school arrested


Posted on: 4/26 20:03
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Re: Dixon Leasing Cheating JC out of Taxes with the help of Rebecca Sysmes
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this thread is shot to shit with all the personalization and anonymous slandering, but I have always wondered what was behind this -


$1.4M on the line in Jersey City tax appeal case


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

Posted on: 4/19 20:16
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Re: Likelihood of Fulop Getting Reelected
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yes, he could be photographed disoriented with only a towel on his front porch and get re-elected. then 4 years later when asked about it, instead of not commenting, come up with a lame explanation, that will be pounced on by his opponents and lose ... so looks like we are stuck with crappy government for another 4 years.

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Short of doing something like eating a baby live on TV, an incumbent in JC generally gets re-elected. Fulop has been a disappointed to me (I wanted more of a reformer and less of a guy wanting to run for governor), but compared to many of the mayors of the past, he hasn't been that bad.

He will get re-elected. Though I have heard rumors that Yun might challenge him.

Posted on: 2/16 22:38
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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what will likely happen after the reval - there will be a be spotlight on city spending and continued tax abatements coming from home owners (mostly, but not all downtown).

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Steve knows he's on thin ice with a lot of the DTJC voters who are less than pleased with what he has actually done while in office.

Throw in another 10-20K per year in RE taxes for the $1mm plus rowhouse crowd and you can bet the votes/donations will be tough to come by...


Exactly. So, it should come as NO SURPRISE that this administration will do ANYTHING possible to put off the reval until after the election happening later this year. Once re-elected, the administration would be more likely to survive the repercussions of the reval by weathering the criticism and fallout until the next election in 2021.

Posted on: 2/16 22:31
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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I believe it could be phased over 3 years which JC Together recommended. They also supported legislation to extend to 5 years. But, the city will have delayed close to 4 more years, achieving similar effect. And once the city committed and engaged a reval firm, it now has failed to finalize the tax maps (which work should have been initiated back in May).

While a phase in would appear reasonable, the city has willfully delayed it at every turn. Does it make sense to further delay?





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That would be great to have an adjustment period.

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Has anyone heard that any tax increase from the reval would be stepped in over 5 yrs? I was told this the other day but can't find info on it.


There was talk of getting the state Legislature to OK that but I do not believe the city can legally do it.

Posted on: 2/15 21:14
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Re: Jersey City taps Downtown woman to be city planner
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yes, outstanding choice. she is a brilliant planner and has been engaged with the community for a long time. really good news. she need to have a thick skin and be able to push back with politicians and developers.

Posted on: 2/13 18:50
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Re: Fulop state-of-the-city speech-a-thon kicks off Tuesday
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exactly, one cannot believe anything he says. agree with both comments.


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Nothing like getting the city to pay for your campaign events.


This seems kinda pointless to me. What? Is there a different "message" for each ward? If so, how are to we believe which one(s) are real?

Posted on: 2/3 15:31
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Re: Fulop ties to Kushner?
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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/feature ... llow-inmates-into-company

The Kushners and their partners in Jersey City, the KABR Group, also quietly became major financial backers of Progressive New Jersey Inc., a nonprofit that Fulop’s allies helped set up in 2014 to promote worker safety and other issues. Although the group does not disclose its donors, two people involved with the organization said that members of the Kushner-KABR partnership made a $100,000 donation. (A Kushner spokesman declined to comment on the donation.) Last year, when the mayor was publicly mulling entering the New Jersey governor’s race, Progressive New Jersey made a $400,000 contribution to a pro-Fulop political action committee. After a public outcry, that donation was returned.

Those moves came as the Fulop administration has been negotiating possible subsidies for the Kushner projects. Although Fulop has been critical of using taxpayer funds to underwrite developers, Jersey City has been in discussions with the Kushners and KABR to provide $10 million in redevelopment area bonds to help finance the project, according to documents filed with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

Mayor Fulop’s office said he was unaware that the Kushners had employed his chief strategist to work on development projects in the city or donated to Progressive New Jersey Inc. Jennifer Morrilli, his press secretary, said Fulop had never received financial support from the Kushners. Any requests the Kushner companies make for tax abatements or bond subsidies will be decided strictly according to city policy, Morrilli said. KABR didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Posted on: 1/28 9:19
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Re: Fulop ties to Kushner?
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#notmymayor



Posted on: 1/27 21:55
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Re: Likelihood of Fulop Getting Reelected
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likely, for the reasons given, but #notmymayor.

and make it difficult challenge him. read the news, which is not his emails or press releases, but Terrence McDonald and the Jersey Journal -

https://twitter.com/terrencemcd

https://twitter.com/jerseyjournal

maybe he will actually do and or complete a few things that he said he would - at least between now and next November.

Posted on: 1/25 7:39
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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It's hard to compute the net change in taxes due to PILOTing, but assuming that these buildings would be built anyway even if they had to pay normal taxes, my guess is that on the net, JC's PILOTed properties increase taxes for everyone else in Jersey City and certainly increase taxes for people living in other towns in Hudson County.



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Re: Something wrong with paying for new developments we can't afford | Morgan
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except that it is and it is sad that jersey city is at the root of it.


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where is Earl Morgan wrong?

while the Croson study and our property tax inequity could be dismissed as inherited institutional racism, there is racial disparity in Jersey City and the city rather than stepping up to fix it only drags its feet and stalls at continued great expense.



Just because it's about money and classism doesn't mean it's about race.

Posted on: 1/5 21:02
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Re: Seth Boyden Housing Project Complex to Become PATH Station Village
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this sounds like a sop in attempts to justify the expense of extending the PATH to Newark Airport. there is no shortage of increasing PATH ridership and only two tunnels under the north river.

Posted on: 1/5 21:00
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Re: Something wrong with paying for new developments we can't afford | Morgan
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where is Earl Morgan wrong?

while the Croson study and our property tax inequity could be dismissed as inherited institutional racism, there is racial disparity in Jersey City and the city rather than stepping up to fix it only drags its feet and stalls at continued great expense.


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Re: Critics target Jersey City over outside law firm
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we'll see.

and yes, I agree, but unfortunately that would secure you very limited support.

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... If I were running for Mayor, I would focus more on my history of advancing valuable initiatives for the benefit of the City, my skills that will enable me to do that and my strategy to continue doing that INSTEAD of squawking about non-existent drama.


Posted on: 12/28 22:13
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Re: Critics target Jersey City over outside law firm
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more likely than not, has something to do with our mayor abruptly dropping out of the 2017 race for NJ governor.

Posted on: 12/22 21:11
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Jersey City bike group pushes for Grand Street redesign
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Jersey City bike group pushes for Grand Street redesign
Asks City Council for protected bike lanes, “road diet” for pedestrian & overall safety

JERSEY CITY, Dec. 13 – Grand Street, a vital but dangerous arterial road, should be the first in the city to be redesigned as a truly Complete Street, the advocacy group Bike JC said today, asking the city government to support their plan.

The nonprofit group’s proposal, dubbed Grand Street Vision, would implement a “road diet” on the busy street, reducing its four existing lanes to three. This is an increasingly common redesign method proven to greatly improve safety for all road users—especially pedestrians—by calming motor traffic, reducing excessive top speeds and curbing reckless driving. A road diet was recently implemented nearby on Hoboken’s Observer Highway.

In the space saved, the Grand Street plan would install physically separated, protected bike lanes—also increasingly common in New York and large cities, but also already in use in Hoboken, Newark, and other small and midsize cities, with construction underway in Secaucus. The plan also calls for pedestrian-specific improvements such as “bumpouts,” which give more time and space to those crossing streets.

Bike JC members and supporters are planning to attend the Municipal Council meeting Dec. 14 in numbers, to demonstrate their approval, while several speakers are slated to address the project during the regular public comment portion of the meeting. Bike JC trustees testified Monday at the council’s caucus session; in response, the council agreed in principle to create a committee dedicated to such advanced road redesign projects.

The Grand Street Vision plan would greatly improve connections for cyclists between the many diverse and distinct neighborhoods along Grand Street, from Bergen-Lafayette to Exchange Place, as well as the waterfront bike/walk pathway, and Liberty State Park, long a haven for both recreational and racing cyclists. Exact designs and details of the plan have not been determined; Bike JC is trying to build community and government support for the project as a concept.

Bike JC has been gathering grassroots support for Grand Street Vision proposal since June of 2015, and has collected over a thousand signatures on petitions supporting it, mostly from people living on and around Grand Street.

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CONTACT: Tony Borelli, tony@bikejc.org

Posted on: 12/14 22:37
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Re: 25-year tax break on tap for new Downtown Jersey City tower
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this is insanity. more subsidies, enough already, as if the land wasn't valuable enough and would not be developed regardless. the city is handing the land owners a direct subsidy. if it is not dirty, it leaves one at least feeling that their is a quid pro quo.


Posted on: 12/9 23:14
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Re: Any update on inspections for current round of re-evaluations?
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and Jersey City further delays the reval (till after the next election) while tax inequity continues.

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By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
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on November 29, 2016 at 5:16 PM, updated November 29, 2016 at 5:24 PM

JERSEY CITY -- Two months after the citywide property revaluation was set to begin in earnest, home inspections have been delayed as city and state officials work to finalize the city's tax maps.

City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said she could not estimate when inspectors would start looking at homes. Morrill said after a contract was approved in September for an appraisal company that will conduct the reval, "the state requested amendments to the tax maps."

The state Treasury confirmed the maps are an issue.

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Re: Complete Streets - Bike JC's Grand Street Vision
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this article says it all -

http://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2016/ ... ncrease-safety-traffic-us

Why America’s roads are so much more dangerous than Europe's

A jump in traffic fatalities over the past two years has brought well-deserved media attention to this tragic aspect of American life. Such deaths are up 7 percent in 2015, and 10 percent for the first six months of 2016 — a phenomenon news outlets are describing as “surprising,” “sudden,” and “unexpected,” an unpleasant departure from the historic trend toward greater safety. We are on track to kill 38,000 vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians in 2016.
The Big Idea logo This piece is part of The Big Idea, a section for outside contributors' opinions about, and analysis of, the most important issues in politics, science, and culture.

The White House has issued a call to action, asking researchers to scrutinize the data on all road deaths. Officials there appealed to the public as well for ideas about combating distracted, drunken, and other dangerous driving.

Attention to traffic death is long overdue, but to focus on the recent increase means missing a much bigger point.

Even before that spike upward, per capital traffic fatalities in the US were already the highest in the industrialized world. No other developed country tolerates the level of carnage on their roads that we do. This national failure has been overlooked for far too long. Studying short-term variations in our safety record is important, but it can also distract us from investigating the forces contributing to our horrendous safety record compared to our peers.

The Dutch also developed the concept of “self-explaining” roads, especially for rural areas. These have design features that are consistent with the speed appropriate for the location: Curves, medians, bike lanes, and roundabouts nudge the driver toward a given speed.

In the US, in contrast, standard engineering practice calls for wide, straight streets in almost all situations. This approach prompts inappropriate speeds that we then try to correct after the fact with speed bumps, police speed traps, and a bunch of remedies that would not be needed if streets were designed appropriately in the first place.


I for one, believe that jersey city has been dragging its feet.

Posted on: 11/30 21:22
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Re: Complete Streets - Bike JC's Grand Street Vision
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yes, I realize that as a city we have hard time just trying to tie our shoes, but one has to try and try everything.

a city has to do everything, do a good job protecting residents from crime, pollution, and flooding, educate most of our children, protecting our homes from crime and fire, clean our streets and provide sanitation, recreation and other cultural experiences, and of course economic growth and manage development/redevelopment. and all the while while providing a safe environment for car drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians

it can't do just one, it must do all. and Bike JC believes that a protected bike lane is another piece in the big puzzle to make Jersey City a good place to live, work, visit and invest.

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Dan, without enforcement no amount of engineering like stop signs and separate lanes will keep cyclists and pedestrians safe. Most accidents involving bikes happen with turning vehicles in the intersection rather than midblock, correct? If they speed and won't stop at signals and signs because they know they will never be ticketed, no one is safe, no matter whether they're in a car, on a bike or walking.

My family and I cycle too, though perhaps not as much as yours, but I see engineering as a solution that comes AFTER you enforce the law and see what needs tweaking. It's like getting a guard dog without having tried actually locking your door.

Posted on: 2016/11/20 23:12
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