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Re: Comedy Club in Jersey City
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Art House Studios in Journal Square and Monty Hall near Exchange Place sometimes host comedy.

Posted on: 2016/9/19 18:12
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Re: Whitlock Cordage Interrupted?
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Mao wrote:
I asked Matt from the city's Planning Department at a neighborhood meeting a couple of months ago and he had nothing at all to say! This should be an absolute focus of the Planning Department. Bad planning, bad oversight, awarding the project to incompetents and crooks. Anyway, what else to explain it? The building in the center of it, btw, is not part of the plan and another developer is moving ahead. The windows are going in now and look beautiful. I suspect the new residents of this building will not be content to live in the middle of a ghost restoration.


How did you find out that the center building was not included in the wider complex and was being developed separately?

The Jersey City Redevelopment Agency actually put out a Request for Offer to Purchase for the complex a year ago. It seems in the doc that the entire complex was for sale under the condition that a percentage of the units be set aside for affordable and workforce housing. Here is the file: http://www.state.nj.us/dca/hmfa/media ... _whitlock_mills_rfotp.pdf

Claremont Construction Corp seems to be working on the construction. They indicate on their website that they were brought on to restart the 10 year old project and are building 330 units. This likely encompasses the entire complex rather than the single center building.
http://www.clarecon.com/index.php/pro ... 3/item/105-whitlock-mills


The Request for Offer to Purchase's due date passed a year ago, but the doc figures prominently on the JCRA's webpage. My guesses are:
a) The complex was purchased and is being redeveloped by Claremont Construction but the JCRA website hasn't been updated

b) The complex has not been purchased, but somehow the JCRA has brought on Claremont Construction to see construction through in hopes of attracting a buyer.



Posted on: 2016/3/2 16:42
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Re: Kennedy Blvd. Any chance for light rail since buses are packed?
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elsquid wrote:
There's another HUGE reason why these things don't get built.

You've already noted that the car culture is an obstacle because it hangs on to virtually free street parking space, and utterly free street driving space, like grim death, leaving little room for any other mode in existing right-of-ways.

But it also saps the demand, real and projected, for mass transit.

The streetcar companies knew they could could win public and governmental approval for building their systems, and could then attract riders, because the inland alternatives were walking or horse carriages. Even when cars came in, at first they were for only the wealthy few and not much competition.

Anyone who wants more mass transit in JC needs to make hard choices to move us at least a little closer to that environment again at the same time. We have to stop shoveling so much public money into subsidizing driving and private car ownership.

We should start by doubling the residential parking permit fee to $30, and signaling that it will go up incrementally in the future. That would begin to recoup some of the true cost of our massive street parking giveaway of prime publicly owned and maintained land.

But it would also help create a bigger constituency for the mass transit projects that the city actually needs, and increasingly will need, as it grows.



This. Limiting subsidies for parking and drivers commits residents and commuters towards other transit-options. We should have the goal of making getting around more equitable for everybody, especially those that do not or cannot own a car or drive. As it stands currently, we are subsidizing the ownership and usage of a private good.

That's not to mention all of the additional tax revenue that would be generated if new developments were not required or restricted from building parking garages. A floor of private condo parking does not generate as much tax revenue as an additional floor of livable space. This is true even if taxes are excluded from the equation, and we're just considering another floor of people contributing to the local economy.

In the long term, higher demand for mass transit options will only improve quality, frequency, and speed of service. As a complement to this, the expansion of next-gen transit like ZipCar and Uber will continue to lower costs for shared auto usage and make private car ownership completely unnecessary, expensive, and inefficient for most people in JC.

The quote below from a NYT article discussing the book "The High Cost of Free Parking" sums this up.

"Legally mandated parking lowers the market price of parking spaces, often to zero. Zoning and development restrictions often require a large number of parking spaces attached to a store or a smaller number of spaces attached to a house or apartment block.

If developers were allowed to face directly the high land costs of providing so much parking, the number of spaces would be a result of a careful economic calculation rather than a matter of satisfying a legal requirement. Parking would be scarcer, and more likely to have a price — or a higher one than it does now — and people would be more careful about when and where they drove.

The subsidies are largely invisible to drivers who park their cars — and thus free or cheap parking spaces feel like natural outcomes of the market, or perhaps even an entitlement. Yet the law is allocating this land rather than letting market prices adjudicate whether we need more parking, and whether that parking should be free. We end up overusing land for cars — and overusing cars too. You don’t have to hate sprawl, or automobiles, to want to stop subsidizing that way of life."

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/bus ... /economy/15view.html?_r=0

Let's not forget the benefits of better multi-modal transit in the form of increased pedestrian/driver safety, economic development (especially around permanent stations), individual savings on transportation costs (no gas, finance/lease payments, car insurance, repairs, wear and tear maintenance, tolls, registration, inspections, tickets, parking fees), lower municipal expenditures as a result of fewer potholes/road damage (from decreased usage), emergency personnel deployed to accidents, etc., and environmental benefits.

Posted on: 2016/2/19 18:13
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Re: Kennedy Blvd. Any chance for light rail since buses are packed?
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Dolomiti wrote:
Some type of bus rapid transit is probably a much better idea anyway. More flexible, cheaper, easier to set up, typically incurs less local opposition.



Well, any chance for bus rapid transit then?




A feasibility study was done examining best routes for Bus Rapid Transit from Bayonne/Greenville to Journal Square. The results found Kennedy Blvd to be the most appropriate thoroughfare for BRT. Not sure what the current status of this project is, but I'm sure it could use further support.

http://www.njtpa.org/planning/subregi ... -boulevard-brt-study.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/Bayonne-Jersey-City-BRT-273211032777631/


Thanks for this!!! If light rail is impossible for one reason or another, BRT is the next best thing.


Agreed that light rail would be ideal, but it would likely be cost prohibitive as there would not be the same land value capture as there has been with the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (i.e. where the construction of the transit system increased the value of vacant/derelict land around the stops and the increased economic activity/population increase/taxes justified the investment in transit)

A fully-integrated, true BRT system, though, would improve transit quality and speed at a fraction of the cost for a corridor that is already mostly developed with lower rise buildings but justifiably deserves better transit options. When I say fully-integrated, true BRT I mean "surface subway" and NOT the MTA's Select Bus Service, which is barely a half-measure. See the article below for more info on what comprises fully-integrated BRT and how an implementation as close as Hartford, CT is inspired by successful global executions.

https://medium.com/@transitapp/is-this ... a-b40b7bb4115d#.smmjou7nj

Posted on: 2016/2/19 17:00
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Re: Kennedy Blvd. Any chance for light rail since buses are packed?
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JCGuys wrote:
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Dolomiti wrote:
Some type of bus rapid transit is probably a much better idea anyway. More flexible, cheaper, easier to set up, typically incurs less local opposition.



Well, any chance for bus rapid transit then?




A feasibility study was done examining best routes for Bus Rapid Transit from Bayonne/Greenville to Journal Square. The results found Kennedy Blvd to be the most appropriate thoroughfare for BRT. Not sure what the current status of this project is, but I'm sure it could use further support.

http://www.njtpa.org/planning/subregi ... -boulevard-brt-study.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/Bayonne-Jersey-City-BRT-273211032777631/

Posted on: 2016/2/19 16:04
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